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MUSICALS AND THEATRE IN SINGAPORE

From musical extravaganzas to experimental performances, Singapore’s theatre scene is a thriving one that boasts shows for almost all tastes and budgets. 

There’s much to look forward to every month with a variety of plays, musicals and drama workshops on offer. As Singapore’s (admittedly young) theatre landscape grows, so too have production companies, community groups and amateur practitioners who continually push the boundaries with interesting new works. Here’s a sample of where to get your theatre fix.
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Blockbuster musicals

Broadway and West End blockbusters such as Singin’ in the Rain, The Lion King and Wicked! have enjoyed successful runs at the Sands Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy your musical from the comfort of plush seats in a theatre that’s furnished with high-quality audio and visual equipment.

If you’d rather have your dinner (or lunch) planned ahead of time, try the Show and Dine package that includes pre- and post-show menus at some of Marina Bay Sands’ Celebrity Chef restaurants that are located adjacent to the Theatres. Or extend your experience into a staycation by booking a room and tickets to a production with the Show and Stay package.


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Local production companies

Pangdemonium, Checkpoint Theatre and The Finger Players – which specialises in puppetry mixed in with other art disciplines – are a handful of homegrown theatre companies that produce a selection of quality plays three to five times a year.

Yet other companies have annually recurring events such as W!ld Rice’s Singapore Theatre Festival, which features a line-up of plays and performances by local and regional writers and talents. If you’d rather make for the great (and humid) outdoors, catch Singapore Repertory Theatre's hugely popular Shakespeare in the Park series that sees hundreds of people gather at Fort Canning Park with picnic blankets and wine to watch a top-notch production of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.


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Theatre festivals

Immerse yourself in Singapore’s performing arts scene at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival that takes place around January every year. Organised by The Necessary Stage, the festival showcases theatre, music and dance performances as well as features art installations and forums.

Come mid-year, the month-long Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) rolls ’round. And it’s one not to be missed, with forums, workshops and free programmes to attend, alongside works in theatre, dance, music, literary and visual arts. The festival is best known for its commissioned works, and often screens film premieres from local and regional directors alike.

For the rest of the year, head to Singapore’s best-known performing arts centre, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. It's also affectionately referred to by locals as ‘durian’ (a tropical fruit loved and loathed for its pungent odour), thanks to its spiked facade. Apart from international productions, expect shows in Singapore’s national languages – notably English, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil and Malay – and other Asian languages, with storytelling techniques and stagecraft unique to the region. These are ticketed through SISTIC, where you can also find a schedule of other performances in Singapore. Esplanade also holds regular festivals and free events. 

Marina Bay Sands lies at the heart of all the action, and is a 15-minute stroll to the Esplanade by way of the Helix Bridge. Book a stay with our Book Direct offer to enjoy exclusive savings.