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From huge musical extravaganzas to experimental performances, there are numerous shows for almost every taste and budget in Singapore’s theatre scene

There’s much to look forward to every month with the variety of plays, musicals and drama workshops on offer. As Singapore’s theatre landscape becomes more diverse and interesting over the years, production companies, community groups and amateur practitioners are constantly pushing boundaries and creating interesting new works. Here’s a sample of where to go for your theatre fix.
Grand Theatre Marina Bay Sands

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. Watch shows from the comfort of plush seats in a theatre that’s furnished with high-quality audio and visual equipment.

Don’t worry about dinner plans when you book a Show and Dine package that includes pre-show menus, some from the many Celebrity Chef restaurants located adjacent to the Theatres. Or make it a holiday by booking a room and tickets to a production with the Show and Stay package.

Picnic basket wine

Local production companies

Take your pick from a range of home-grown theatre companies including Pangdemonium, Checkpoint Theatre and The Finger Players, the latter specialises in puppetry mixed in with other art disciplines. Annually, they usually hold two to three productions.

A few companies have their own 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. For something outdoors, there’s The 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 productions of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

Esplanade Theatres by the Bay

Theatre festivals

Be immersed in Singapore’s performing arts scene when you attend 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.

Mid-year is when the month-long Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is usually held. The festival is notable for its commissioned works and premiering new shows. In addition to works in theatre, dance, music, and literary and visual arts, there’s also forums, workshops and free programmes.

For the rest of the year, head to Singapore’s best-known performing arts centre, Esplanade. Other than international productions, expect shows in Singapore’s national languages and other Asian languages, with storytelling techniques and stagecraft that are 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.