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Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

The Epicentre of the Arts

Singapore’s famous skyline has taken on various changes over the decades, but none has been as dramatic or controversial as the emergence of Singapore's Esplanade complex, which officially opened in 2002. The idea for an integrated arts centre in Singapore was proposed way back in the 1970s, but the project’s radical architecture was only unveiled in 1994, with work beginning in 1996.

Today, the S$600 million dollar project occupies six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay to the east of the Padang, and boasts a concert hall, theatre, recital and theatre studios, an outdoor theatre and visual art exhibition spaces. Visitors may enjoy daily non-ticketed performances at the centre’s Upper Concourse, as well as a diverse line-up of ticketed and non-ticketed music, theatre, dance and visual art programmes all year round. The Esplanade Mall includes a host of dining and retail outlets and also the library@esplanade, making Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, a gigantic cultural and entertainment landmark.

Said to have an appearance similar to the eye of a fly or a giant durian (a popular local fruit), you’ll just have to make a visit down to Esplanade to decide for yourself.

Essential Information

Opening hours
Box Office Opening Hours

12pm – 8.30pm, including Sundays and Public Holidays.

The Box Office will open 1 hour prior to show commencement for shows before 12 noon and will remain open up to half an hour after show commencement for shows starting after 8.30pm.
Admission fee
Free admission, except for ticketed events
Free admission, Family friendly, Disabled access, Tours, AM, PM
Good for 
Culture, Art, History, Dining Shopping, Entertainment
Recommended for
Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Dining


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1 Esplanade Drive
Singapore 038981
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