Opened in 2002, the giant Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay performing arts center is set on the Marina Bay waterfront. The striking complex is Singapore’s premier performance venue, boasting a 1,600-seat concert hall and a 2,000-seat theater. There is also a recording studio and a recital studio, plus open-air and waterfront theater venues.
Esplanade is one of the busiest performing arts venues in the world, with about 3,000 performances annually. The program is eclectic and comprehensive, with everything from Asian plays to New York Philharmonic Orchestra performances. The center also hosts festivals, such as the Singapore Arts Festival, along with a number of touring productions and free music, dance, and theater programs.
Those looking to learn more about the architecture and history of the venue can take the Esplanade Walk, a 45-minute guided tour through the main concert hall, theater, and other facilities. Visitors can also enjoy a pre-show dinner or a spot of shopping within the various restaurants and retail outlets in the complex’s three-story mall.
Tickets for events and performances at Esplanade can be bought from the official website or from the Esplanade Box Office. The venue can be reached via the NorthSouth Line or the East-West line on the MRT by alighting at City Hall. Alternatively, visitors should take the Circle line and alight at the Esplanade stop. Various buses also serve the venue, stopping outside the Esplanade Mall entrance along Raffles Avenue.