Amazing Live Shows in Macau


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Reserve your seats for an entertaining night in Macau. The Special Administrative Region of China is bursting with shiny new entertainment precincts packed with luxury shops, cool bars and fabulous restaurants run by world-renowned chefs.

Macau has an array of mind-boggling attractions suitable for visitors of all ages, from the world’s highest bungy jump to the world’s first freeform exoskeleton-bound skyscraper. There are plenty of places to visit in Macau that will capture your imagination and so many things to do you’ll have trouble deciding what to put on your list.

Macau’s repertoire of stage shows may not be huge but quality means more than quantity. Like everything else in Macau, the live shows in Macau are done in grand scale.

From the spectacular acrobatics of the House of Dancing Water to the chic La Parisienne Cabaret Francais, these Macau live acts are sure to impress.

So book yourself a seat and let your imagination be swept away.

Top Macau Shows

1- House of Dancing Water

House of dancing water
House of Dancing Water is the top Macau show see.

The House of Dancing Water performance is a Chinese folktale jazzed up with high-energy jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts.

Although the storyline is pretty simple, the set and death-defying acrobatic stunts will have you transfixed the entire time.

dancing Water Macau
The acrobatic stunts at House of Dancing Water are jaw-dropping.

The 270-degree theatre is impressive and includes an enormous pirate ship, amazing costumes and lots of water.

Front row seats come with raincoats and towels!

It’s a fun show to see if you’re visiting Macau with kids

Expect to be amazed by the water stunts, which includes lots of Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics, music that tugs at the heartstrings, dashing sword fights and some seriously amazing motorbike stunts.

Water show at the House of dancing water
A combination of ballet and acrobatics and a set that is an engineering feat, the House of Dancing Water will keep you at the edge of your seat.

House of Dancing Water will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

It’s no wonder the extravaganza plays to a packed house night after night.

Where: Grand Hyatt Macau Level 1, City of Dreams,
When: 5 pm and 8 pm daily except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The show lasts 85 minutes (no intermission).

2- The Monkey King

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Monkey King
The Monkey King is a fusion of folk tale and technology.

The Monkey King is an adaptation of one of the most well-known stories told in Chinese folklore and a larger than life character in Chinese literature.

Journey to the West is one of the most influential works in classical Chinese literature.

The stage show brings traditional Chinese concepts, such as good versus evil and turning hatred into love.

Monkey King Macau
The Monkey King Macau is an extravaganza in epic scale.

The show is performed in a purpose-built theatre with a giant 15m hand of Buddha weighing 7 tons and two huge talons reaching out from the wings.

The backdrops switch between the celestial world and a Buddhist community, moving from heaven, the mountain tops to under the ocean.

Monkey King
Skilful acrobats perform impressive feats at the Monkey King.

Colourful costumes, acrobatics, ballet performances and martial arts displays combine to present a compelling show.

The talented cast includes stars from the National Peking Opera, acrobats from Cirque du Soleil, winners of the Golden Clown Award, International Acrobatics Competition gold medallists.

Where: Sands Cotai Theatre, Sands Cotai Central
When: 8 pm daily (except Thursdays)

3- La Parisienne

la parisienne Macau
La Parisienne is a chic comedy that is entertaining to all ages.

La Parisienne Cabaret Francais is a fusion of illusion, dance, acrobatics and comedy.

The Parisian-style cabaret has toured Asia, Europe and China, delighting audiences of all ages.

Let yourself be swept along on a tour of Paris with La Parisienne Cabaret Francais’ audio-visual technology.

The techno-wizardry combined with an international cast of stunt performers, illusionists, models, award-winning dancers and world champion skaters takes the audience on a mesmerising journey.

Where: Parisian Theatre, The Parisian Macao
When: 8 pm Tuesday to Saturday, 5 pm Sunday

Events in Macau

Macao International Music Festival

Each year, the Macao International Music Festival (MIMF) presents a programme of western and Chinese music.

Audiences in Macao and around the region have embraced music for many years. The theme of the 32nd MIMF is “Enjoy – The Moment in music”, offering 16 programmes and 22 performances in venues across Macao including two traditional Chinese music concerts – a seven-movement symphony Cantonese Rhyme along the Silk Road and suona (Chinese double-reed horn) performance Nostalgic Lane.

Western classical highlights are Italian Opera L’Elisir d’Amore by Donizetti and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 8 in C Minor, performed by the Macao Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Where: The Venetian Macao
When: 28 September to 28 October 2018

Macau Festivals

Plan your next trip around a festival or an event in Macau. Festivals and events in Macau are colourful and vibrant. The best time to visit Macau is during a festival. Events to plan your trip around include:

Amazing Live Shows in Macau

Amazing Live Shows in Macau


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  1. Wow – I want to see all of these shows. The action looks so dramatic and colorful. I’d specifically like to see The Monkey King because I love acrobatics. The House of Dancing Water show also looks very unique.

    • House of Dancing Water is the oldest and most established Macau show and Monkey King is drawing the crowds too. You can’t go wrong with either.

  2. OMG that House of Dancing Water show looks so amazing. Did the motorcycles ride around inside one of those balls, or something else? And do you have any video from the show on your FB or IG stories?

    • Yes those motorcycle stunts were jawdropping. We weren’t allowed to film during the performance, so no video unfortunately!

  3. Christina, these shows look phenomenal! I live in Taiwan and I’ve been to Macau for a short trip once, but I didn’t even consider taking in one of the shows. I didn’t think it would be my kind of thing, but the culture/Chinese literature behind it makes it seem more appealing to me now. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I’d love to see any of these, although I am intrigued by the 7 ton Buddha! It sounds like the Monkey King is the more traditional show, well at least based on a Chinese traditional story so if I was only visiting Macau for a short time I think that would be my top pick!

  5. I love Cirque du Soleil shows so I think I’d really enjoy the House of Dancing Water performance.The Monkey King show sounds appealing too though because I’d love to experience a bit more of the culture so learning about some of the traditional stories would be pretty cool.

  6. The House of Dancing Water sounds like a spectacular show. I love the creativity of having a pirate ship on stage. After spending three months in Las Vegas recently, I’d love to visit Macau and see the differences and similarities. So much to do, I can’t wait to get there soon!

  7. Macau reminds me so much of Las Vegas from what I’ve read about it. A lot of these shows have a Cirque du Soleil feel to them with the acrobatics and stunts. I lived in Las Vegas so I’d be curious to get and see how it measures up.

  8. All these shows look so incredible!!! La Parisienne looks like it will be my favourite but House of Dancing Water seems equally as amazing! I would love to have a front-row seat with my raincoat, how cool. Maybe I should start planning a trip to Macau :):)

  9. House of Dancing water sounds like the show I’d choose to go for when I visit Macau. I am not a very city person, I love nature, but that’s probably because I live in a city that’s a concrete jungle, with a lot of skyscrapers and hardly any greenery or nature. However, when I do make it to Hong Kong, I will do a 2-day trip to Macau. From what I’ve heard, it’s a mini Vegas. Thanks for listing the live show options, I’ve picked my fav!

    • Hats off to you Medha – for some who isn’t a city person living in a concrete jungle! House of Dancing Water is definitely worth seeing, even if you only have time to do a day trip to Macau.


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