Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay, Singapore
OK, so this isn't exactly a raging night club scene but travelling with kids means that it's not always possible to have a big night out on the town.
But that isn't to say you can't still enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as marvelling at the bright city lights around the Esplanade and Merlion.
Take a stroll and take your time with framing some snaps of the Singapore skyline. You could also take wander down the underpass which leads to the Fullerton Hotel and wonder why the British colonialists put so much effort into building such a magnificent post office.
Perhaps they figured that one day the well heeled would want to pay mega bucks to stay there.
The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, affectionately known as `The Durian' by Singaporeans because of its resemblance to the king of fruits, was officially opened with great fanfare on 12 October 2002 with a display of fireworks over Marina Bay and a performance by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The concert hall seats 1500 and is the performing home of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra which performs every fortnight with leading soloists from all over the world. If you have the chance, listen to the magnificent Klais organ which comprises 4740 pipes and 61 stops. The Esplanade Theatre has played host to a few Broadway musicals like Chicago, West Side Story and Rent among others. There are also two smaller venues, the recital studio and theatre studio where smaller scale performances like chamber music concerts are held.
For pre or post concert dinner, there are several restaurants in the Esplanade Mall serving Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, American, Spanish and local cuisine. Indulge yourself in Haagen Daz ice-cream if you are feeling hungry after the concert.
In short, the Esplanade is a venue to titilate the senses - visual, auditory, gustatory and olfactory.
Dress Code: Smart casual dressing is recommended for concerts and theatre. Singaporeans dress rather casually for evening events and usually do not wear suit and tie to attend concerts.
Esplanade Theatre is a very nice venue from the outside and as well from the inside.
I was lucky to get 2 Tix for Stomp and it was just great!
If you have the chance to see a play, musical, concert or any other show at the Esplanade be sure to go there. There are 1'946 seats in the venue and it was packed....
Dress Code: Well, don't go in your Backpacker-Clothes... but you don't have to dress up either. Let's call casual as the proper Dress Code.
The architecture makes the Esplanade one of the most photographed structures...
Unique and also known as the Durian place to some cab drivers, this place holds plays and theaters shows comparable to overseas standards..
The hall is fixed with superb sound system, allowing you to enjoy the whole show without lamenting abt the audio..
Dress Code: Certainly a place where you can play dress up (although some ppl actually turned up for Mamma Mia wearing jeans for the matinee show....)
The Theaters on the Bay has two state-of-the-art auditoriums, and features a 2,000-seat theater for the performing arts. The adjoining concert hall boasts excellent acoustics, and holds 1,600 people. It has room for a 120-piece orchestra.
There are about 5 other theaters of various sizes, which are used for various performances.
The buildings themselves are pieces of art, designed by the famed English architect David Staples.