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
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.
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!
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.
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
No longer operating
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.
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.
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 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
More Macau Shows
Sands Cotai has a programme of concerts and events, including Mariah Carey live in the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao. Go here for more details.
Plan your next trip around a festival or an event in Macau. Festivals and events in Macau are colourful and vibrant. Events to plan your trip around include:
- Chinese New Year celebrations
- Latin City parade
- Macao Light Festival
- Wushu Masters Challenge
- Macao International Fireworks