Goodman Arts Centre
90 Goodman Road
Located at the former LaSalle College of the Arts, Goodman Arts Centre opened its doors in early 2011, with the vision to be a youthful and energetic centre providing a wide range of exciting arts and cultural offerings, and serves as a place for the community to experience and engage the arts in an intimate manner.
Nestled within the culturally rich Mountbattan district, Goodman Arts Centre is a mere 5 minutes drive from the city centre. Housed within the compound is the office of the National Arts Council, 45 artists, arts and creative groups, as well as over 30 shared facilities available for rental to the arts community which includes a black box theatre, multi-purpose hall, gallery, project studios, music studios and seminar rooms.
Set within a beautiful and charming ground amongst old school buildings and lush greenery, Goodman Arts Centre provides the perfect setting for inspiration and creative work. Goodman Arts Centre is managed by the Place Manager, The Old Parliament House Limited.
Visit the Goodman Arts Centre website for more information on the arts venues available.
100 Victoria Street, 3rd storey, National Library
Under the directive of then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, NAC and The Esplanade Co Ltd (TECL) entered into a strategic partnership for TECL to manage Drama Centre with effect from 18 October 2010. The partnership aims to enable NAC and TECL to benefit from each other’s areas of expertise, support the development of a continued pipeline of venue management and theatre professionals to meet growing industry needs, as well as achieve greater operational effectiveness in the management of the venue.
NAC will exercise strategic oversight and continue to own and oversee the role of Drama Centre in supporting arts development. TECL will not only manage Drama Centre to support the needs of the arts industry, but also develop and implement industry capabilities for technical theatre, production management and venue management, in consultation with NAC. Drama Centre will remain as a for-hire/receiving venue for the arts community, and will not conduct any in-house programming.
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 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, and an orchestra pit on a lift that can also form a front stage extension. With plush seats and good acoustics, audiences are assured of a comfortable and enjoyable experience. The function area and 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 also offer patrons the highest standards of service.
Built at Fort Canning Park on the site originally for the Singapore Council for Adult Education, Drama Centre was officially opened by the late David Marshall in 1955 as the Cultural Centre. It was renamed the Drama Centre in 1980. A key platform for many local companies starting out in the early 80s, it saw the staging of landmark Singapore plays such as Lao Jiu, Army Daze and Mail Order Brides. Closed in 2002 for the expansion of the Singapore History Museum (now known as the National Museum), Drama Centre officially reopened in its current location in November 2005. 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.
Visit the Drama Centre website for more information on the venues available and to put in a booking request.
9 Empress Place
Victoria Theatre is currently closed for renovation. The refurbishment of Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall will restore the old world charm of the 149-year-old venues while re-energising them to meet modern functional demands. Once completed, the venues will better connect with and bring vibrancy to their surroundings, enhancing the attraction of Empress Place as an Arts precinct. Victoria Theatre is expected to re-open in 2013/2014.