Singapore’s theatre scene has experienced a boom in the recent decade, with something for almost every taste and budget. From huge musical extravaganzas to experimental performances, there are numerous performances to attend in Singapore.
Broadway and West End blockbusters such as Singin’ in the Rain, The Lion King and Wicked! have enjoyed successful runs. Check out the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands — home to the Grand Theatre and Sands Theatre — to stay informed about the latest shows, whether you're looking to catch an internationally acclaimed musical, your favourite artiste in concert or a dance performance. While you’re there, look for restaurants that have pre-show menus, as the theatres conveniently face the row of just a few of their many celebrity chef restaurants.
The Singapore Repertory Theatre is one of the region’s leading English-language theatres and brings high quality theatre productions to Singapore — both from international companies and with local actors. It is also the creator of the hugely popular Shakespeare in the Park series, an annual event that sees hundreds of people gather at Fort Canning Park with picnic blankets and wine to watch outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s most famous plays — so if you’re looking for fun things to do in Singapore, this could be one of them!
Singapore’s best-known performing arts centre, the Esplanade, is also the venue for several high-quality local and international productions. Aside from English-language plays, you’ll find unique theatre offerings in Singapore’s national languages and in other Asian languages, with storytelling techniques and stagecraft that are unique to the region. Performances at the Esplanade are ticketed through SISTIC, where you can also find lots of other interesting activities in Singapore.
No discussion of Singaporean theatre would be complete without mentioning home-grown theatre companies like The Necessary Stage and W!ld Rice, which produce and stage plays and performances by local and regional writers and talents. And, as the theatre landscape in Singapore becomes more diverse and interesting, there are numerous community groups and amateur theatre practitioners who are constantly pushing boundaries and creating interesting new works — so you’ll never be in a situation where you can’t find something to do when you’re in Singapore!