Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is one of the busiest arts centres in the world. From the time we opened in 2002, the centre has presented more than 25,000 shows, drawing an audience of 18.5 million patrons. These included both ticketed and non-ticketed shows presenting music, dance, theatre and the visual arts, with special emphasis on Asian culture. Esplanade’s vision is to be a performing arts centre for everyone. As such, about 70% of its shows offer free admission.
This architectural icon, with its distinctive twin shells, houses world-class performance spaces complemented by a comprehensive range of professional support services. Its two main venues are the 1,600-seat Concert Hall, with acoustic features designed by the late and world-renowned acoustician and theatre planner, Russell Johnson of ARTEC Consultants; and a theatre with a capacity of 2,000, adapted from traditional European opera houses in horseshoe form.