Formed in 1987 by our current Artistic Director and Cultural Medallion recipient Alvin Tan, The Necessary Stage (TNS) is a non-profit theatre company with charity status. Our mission is to create challenging, indigenous and innovative theatre that touches the heart and mind.
TNS is a recipient of the National Arts Council's Major Grant FY2017-FY2019, and is also the organiser of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. 2018 sees TNS celebrating its 31st year of creating challenging, innovative and indigenous theatre that touches the heart and mind.
Having presented more than 100 original plays in Singapore and abroad, TNS remains focused on breaking new ground in original local content and intercultural exploration.