Singapore’s Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall was built in 1862 when the city’s skyline would have looked considerably different. Today, it’s a Singapore landmark and its handsome gray and white neoclassical façade is a contrast to the city’s glassy skyscrapers.
The theater was originally built as a town hall with a theater attached. Soon, though, it became too small to serve either purpose. Queen Victoria passed away in 1901 and it was decided that a memorial hall would be built next to the town hall in her honor in the same Palladian style with a clock tower at the center to unite the two buildings.
What you’ll find today inside is a 614-seat theater and a concert hall accommodating 673, as well as rehearsal rooms. The building was further expanded in 1979 when a gallery was added to the Memorial Hall, transforming the venue into a suitable home for the prestigious Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Today, the venue hosts classical concerts, movies, theater, and dance productions, and is home to major events like the Singapore International Piano Festival.