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  • 1. Chinese Theatre Circle

    Chinatown | Opera

    One of the leading theater companies in Singapore, Chinese Theatre Circle does an excellent English-language workshop on Chinese opera every Friday and Saturday for novices. In addition to their regular performances, which come with either dinner or tea, they sometimes give free demonstrations at places like Clarke Quay.

    5 Smith St., Singapore, Central Singapore, 058919, Singapore

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    Rate Includes: S$35 including set Chinese dinner, tea, and dessert; or S$20 for admission and tea with snacks
  • 2. Singapore Chinese Orchestra


    Singapore's only professional Chinese orchestra is comprised of more than 80 musicians. It stages annual blockbusters, both locally and internationally, that push the boundaries of traditional Chinese music, and it holds free performances to promote appreciation of the genre.

    7 Shenton Way, Singapore, Singapore, 068810, Singapore
  • 3. The Projector

    Kampong Glam

    What was once Singapore’s historic Golden Theatre has been transformed into an indie theater space and hangout spot for Singapore’s creative talents. There's always something going on, thanks to an eclectic rotation of films (schedules are released every Tuesday), documentaries, festivals, and themed screenings. The Intermission Bar bar enables you to enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer during a show. There are also pop-up Projector locations at The Picturehouse.

    6001 Beach Rd., Singapore, Singapore, 199589, Singapore
  • 4. Aliwal Arts Centre

    Kampong Glam

    This multidisciplinary arts center is home to a number of local performing groups, including groundbreaking collectives like Nadi Singapura and New Opera Singapore. Check the website for what’s going on (workshops, performances, classes), and keep an eye out for the annual Aliwal Urban Art Festival and other ad-hoc events. 

    28 Aliwal St., Singapore, Singapore, 199918, Singapore
  • 5. Goodman Arts Centre


    This arts hub holds multidisciplinary workshops ranging from dance to ceramic and visual arts on a weekly basis and for all ages.

    90 Goodman Rd., Singapore, Singapore, 439053, Singapore
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  • 6. Magical Shores at Siloso

    Sentosa Island

    This immersive light-and-sound show is staged along a stretch of Siloso Beach, including two sections where you can interact with the light art on the sand. The 15-minute show runs from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm on weekdays, till 10:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 7. Sands Theatre

    Marina Bay

    When big performances like The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera come to Singapore, this glitzy 2,155-seat theater is where they often drop. The best seats in the three-level space are the Orchestra seats; skip the Dress Circle ones on the upper deck if you want a full view of the stage.

    4 Bayfront Ave., Singapore, Singapore, 018973, Singapore
  • 8. Singapore Ballet Ltd


    Founded in 1988, this dance company (previously known as The Singapore Dance Company) has a repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary ballet. Periodic performances are held at the Esplanade Theatre, as well as on outdoor stages in Fort Canning Park. It also offers various dance classes catering to different skill levels.

    201 Victoria St., Singapore, Singapore, 188067, Singapore
  • 9. Singapore National Youth Orchestra


    The Singapore National Youth Orchestra is made up of players under the age of 25. They perform publicly about three times a year, usually in March, June, and November. Check their website for upcoming events and to book tickets.

    80 Bencoolen St., Singapore, Singapore, 189655, Singapore
  • 10. Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts

    Little India

    This popular troupe—founded by renowned cultural Medallion recipient Madam Som Said—offers traditional Malay performances in town several times a year.

    47 Kerbau Rd., Singapore, Singapore, 219173, Singapore
  • 11. Sriwana

    Chinatown | Dance

    This dance group has earned renown for its creative spins on traditional Malay dances.

    #03–03 Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre, 182 Cecil St., Singapore, Central Singapore, 069547, Singapore
  • 12. The Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay

    Marina Bay

    The Esplanade hosts many of Singapore's top ticketed performances, but it also offers free concerts, shows, and talks every week. Most take place at the Esplanade Concourse or the Outdoor Theater in the evenings when the weather is cooler—all you have to do is drop by and take a seat. There's a performance schedule on the Esplanade website, but it's much more fun to visit and be surprised by what's on, which could be anything from a classical guitar performance from Latin America to a Chinese puppet show.

    1 Esplanade Dr., Singapore, Singapore, 038981, Singapore
  • 13. The Necessary Stage

    Geylang Serai

    This theater company puts on original performances, often with a social, sometimes socialist message.

    180 Paya Lebar Rd., Singapore, Singapore, 449282, Singapore
  • 14. Wings of Time

    Sentosa Island

    A crowd-pleasing multisensory night show about two cranes that journey together through time, this story is told via a larger-than-life water screen programmed with 3-D effects, lasers, robotic water fountains, and spectacular pyrotechnics. For a good view of the stage, dole out extra for the premium seats. Shows take place at 7:40 pm and 8:40 pm nightly. Discounted tickets are available online.

    Beach View, Singapore, Singapore, 098604, Singapore

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    Rate Includes: S$19 (standard), S$24 (premium)

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