Singapore theatre developed significantly in the later twentieth century. In 1983, the Singapore I-Lien Dramatic Society mounted a Chinese language production of The Tempest for the Singapore Drama Festival. P. Krishnan's Tamil translation of Macbeth, which had first been performed on national radio in 1961, was published in 1996 and staged by the Ravindran Drama group in 2000.

Where English language theatre is concerned, William Teo's Asia-in-Theatre Research Circus put on Macbeth in 1993. Ong Keng Sen's productions of LEAR (1997) and Desdemona (2000) have attracted international attention and can be viewed on the Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive. Chee Kong Cheah's Chicken Rice War (2000), a light-hearted film inspired by Romeo and Juliet, has likewise drawn critical notice. Chicken Rice War may be viewed on the MIT Global Shakespeares portal.