The Drama Centre adds to Singapore's stable of world-class purpose built performing arts space with its 615-seat proscenium theatre. It also offers an intimate 120-seater black box, VIP lounge and function rooms to meet the demands of the diverse range of today's arts events – from the mid-sized theatrical presentation with stringent technical requirements, to intimate performances, talks and exhibitions.
The theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, rigging and sound systems. It also has an orchestra pit on a lift that can also form a front stage extension. With its plush seats and good acoustics, audiences are assured of a comfortable and enjoyable experience. The function area and its VIP lounge with exclusive facilities such as bar, pantry and toilets are excellent for seminars, meetings and private functions. A bar and box office located at the foyer are additional means by which the Drama Centre aims to assure patrons of the highest standards of service.
Built at Fort Canning Park on the site originally for the Singapore Council for Adult Education, Drama Centre was the key platform for local companies starting out in the early 80s, staging landmark Singapore plays like Lao Jiu, Army Daze and Mail Order Brides. The co-location of the new Drama Centre in the National Library building creates an unprecedented synergy with the arts facilities, attractions, institutions and the commercial sector to enliven the surrounding area.
Drama Centre, an NAC arts venue, is managed by The Esplanade Co Ltd (TECL).