New 550-seat waterfront theatre for Singapore as Esplanade turns 15

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay turns 15 this year, and the national performing arts centre will be adding a new venue to its stable.

This will enable it to create more unique Singapore stories and shared experiences for society through the arts, according to a press statement by Esplanade on April 10, 2017. 

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

To be completed in 2021, the new building situated along the Esplanade Waterfront will feature a flexible theatre which can seat about 550 people and an outdoor activities plaza integrated with popular dining outlets at the Esplanade Annexe.

“As we approach our 15th year, we are endeavouring to build this waterfront theatre that will enable more people, especially our young, to learn and bond through the arts," said Benson Puah, CEO, The Esplanade Co Ltd. "With this new venue, we will focus on creating even more made-in-Singapore works that will, hopefully, become the stories, music, movements or even traditional art forms, that the next generation of Singaporeans will hold dear.

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

"In the process, we will continue to develop local capabilities and talent, and tap on our regional and international networks to take some of these artists and works overseas,” he added.

"This new waterfront theatre will meet the needs of our theatre companies and community arts groups that often require a smaller venue to showcase their works. We look forward to Esplanade enlarging the space for Singaporean content and talent to emerge, as well as enriching our arts and culture scene,” said Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.  

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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