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This two-story grandeur was once intended to be a private mansion. It was designed and erected by Irishman George Coleman in 1827 on a site previously occupied by the Temenggong of Singapore and his followers. The Palladian-style building then served as the Singapore Court House until 1939 after which it became the seat of legislature. Complementing its elegant display of pillars and porticoes, a little bronze elephant presented to the State by King Chulalongkorn of Siam in 1871 stands guard outside. The building now is a venue for contemporary visual arts, music, dance, film, comedy, and theater. Guided tours are available.
Having largely shaped the art-based landscape of the country, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is nestled in the heart of Singapore, and is one the most coveted jewels of the City. Dubbed as the 'grand old dame' of Singapore’s performing arts scene, the theater and concert hall is made up of two elaborate buildings and a glorious clock tower. Built in 1862, this elegant structure has received many facelifts. Having braved the ravages of time, it stands today as an invigorating canvas bathed in the finer nuances of Neoclassical style. Designated a national monument in the February of 1992, this ornate building retains its colonial architectural heritage while offering state-of-the-art facilities for concerts and theater performances. Said to be one of the oldest performing art venues of the country, this pristine white building sits amid rolling green lawns, in striking contrast with its surrounding contemporary edifices. The building is crowned by a gleaming turquoise dome, and also houses the sophisticated Sinfonia Ristorante which serves up delectable Italian fare amid finely-crafted interiors.
You'll find a wide selection of family-friendly events and top performances at the DBS Arts Centre. This 380-seat center is home to the Singapore Repertory Theatre as well as the children's theater, The Little Company. The Singapore Repertory Theatre showcases amazing theater productions in English, perfect for English-speaking tourists.
The Chinese Opera Teahouse is the first of its kind in Singapore, and hosts opera performances, and the occasional karaoke concert. Performances are accompanied by short lessons about Chinese opera, and abundant meals of Chinese cuisine.
Adjacent to Fort Canning Park, the Drama Centre is on the third floor of the National Library. The 615-seat theater is designed with performance needs exclusively in mind, and encompasses the main theater, a 120-seat black-box theater and several conference rooms. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, the theater promises to give you an action-packed experience worth every penny. Up-to-date amenities make for a pleasurable experience at this iconic drama center.
Built in traditional Chinese architectural style and one of Singapore's most historic venues, the Kreta Ayer People's Theatre serves as a reminder of the intriguing life and times of early Chinese immigrants. It houses cultural and artistic performances including plays, dance performances and concerts.
The Star Performing Arts Centre is home to multiple venues including The Star Theatre, The Star Gallery, The Star Loft and The Star Terrace. The first is a 5000-seat performing arts venue with ultra-chic decor and excellent audiovisual facilities, used for large-scale concerts and dramas. The second is a smaller auditorium for banquets and presentations. The Star Loft is a rooftop space with breathtaking views, which can be rented for hosting lavish events, while The Star Terrace is an amphitheater for interactive performances. Besides, this center also has 9 state-of-the-art conference and function rooms for private events.