Archive for March 15th, 2007

National Theatre – A Different View

Here is a different view of the National Theatre in 1963 on a S.E.A. (South East Asia) Cultural Festival First Day Cover issue;

The S.E.A. cultural show was the first show hosted in the National Theatre.

Here is another stamp with the National Theatre landmark on it issued in 1973;

It’s such a beautiful landmark in the past located at the River Valley Road. It was built to commemorate Singapore’s self-government costing about S$2.2m and completed in 1963. The public also contributed through “a-dollar-a-brick” campaign via song requests made on radio then.

Here is a photo of it when it was almost completed in 1963;

Also see those old advertisements at the Snack Bar at the National Theatre;

Above both photos credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS.

Now how many of us know that the five-pointed facade represented the five stars of the Singapore flag while that unique fountain was supposed to represent the crescent moon. There was a revolving stage and the theatre inside was actually semi-open air at the rear.

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