Hanoi Performing Arts

In its musical theaters and diverse nightlife, Hanoi’s cultural allure comes alive when the sun goes down. Productions showcasing traditional music and theater are a great way to delve into the spirit of Vietnam. With the multimillion-dollar restoration of the Opera House in the late 1990s, Hanoi's performing-arts scene reemerged. The imposing French-built arts palace hosts Vietnam's top traditional

musicians and pop stars as well as the occasional Western performer. Elsewhere in the city, you can catch a performance of Vietnamese folk opera, traditional music, or enchanting water puppetry. If you want a peek at the results of years of Eastern European physical training, head to the circus at the northern edge of Lenin Park for Vietnam's version of the Cirque du Soleil.

To find out about upcoming cultural events, pick up a copy of The Word, a useful arts and entertainment monthly available at many venues, hotels, and bars.

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Run by movie buffs, this is the best (only) place in Hanoi to catch up with the best in arthouse cinema. It is run as a membership organization...

Golden Bell Show

This popular cultural show encompasses a wide variety of traditional Vietnamese folk and dance forms. Shows take place every Saturday...

Hanoi Cheo Theater

This tiny, simple drama house seats 50 people. Cheo operas and traditional music concerts are usually staged on Friday and Saturday evenings...

Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House, whose Vietnamese name translates into "House Sing Big," is worth a visit no matter what happens to be showing. This...


Operated by Institut Francais de Hanoi, L'Espace regularly screens world cinema as well as hosting an eclectic selection of cultural...

Megastar Cinema

Located at the flashy Vincom Center, this multiplex screens the latest Hollywood releases as well as Vietnamese movies and the occasional...

National Puppet Theater

National Puppet Theater holds water-puppet shows that are more in the vein of village performances, harking back to the days when water...

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

As one of Hanoi's top tourist attractions, this entertaining performance gives you insight into Vietnam's history and traditions through...

Vietnam Central Circus

Vietnam Central Circus was founded in the 1950s in the mountains, along with the Communist Party. Besides an evening of guaranteed entertainment...

Youth Theater

Youth Theater, a 650-seat facility, is one of the larger theaters in the city and focuses mainly on contemporary drama, although music...


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