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New $30 million waterfront theatre for Esplanade [Singapore]

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SINGAPORE – A $30 million waterfront theatre will open at the Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay in 2021.

The mid-size venue will seat around 550 people. It was announced on Monday (April 10) by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu during the annual theatre awards organised by The Straits Times’ Life.

At the M1 – The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards ceremony at the Esplanade Recital Studio, Ms Fu said her ministry would contribute $10 million to the new waterfront theatre.

The Esplanade will raise the other $20 million.

She said: “With this 550-seat theatre, our arts groups will be able to scale up works previously presented in small studios. Today, majority of the works produced for major festivals require medium-sized venues. We hope that the new theatre would give our arts groups an appropriate size to create new content, not only for our local audience, but also for regional and international audiences.”

Read the full Straits Times report here.

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