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“A hidden treasure in Hanoi”

Vietnam National Tuong Theatre
Ranked #75 of 278 things to do in Hanoi
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Merida, Mexico
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A hidden treasure in Hanoi”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

A must see performance, capturing five stunning pieces of Vietnamese music, humorous & clever dialogue, delightful lion dancing and a 'foxy' piece to completely draw you in. Colourful, vibrant and the performance quality was sensational and totally unexpected. What a one hour performance, right in the heart of the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

Visited October 2012
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Hanoi, Vietnam
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great performance!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Great show! Loved the performance,costumes and drama of old style storytelling. Much much better than the water puppetry that had ques around the lake! Huge cast too of older and younger artists so there is a lot of skill and experience on stage.

Visited October 2012
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Hanoi, Vietnam
2 reviews
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“It was beautiful!”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Almost no audience at all, which is very sad because it was great acting and absolutly beautiful music! I also think the problem is too little promotion.
We only found out because we happened to walked past the theatre one week earlier at the exact time as the show was about to start.
Very very talented orchestra and very exotic instruments.

Visited October 2012
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Klang, Malaysia
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“This theatre deserves your time!! Please watch it!!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

This is a sad situation. This theatre is greatly OVERLOOKED! It holds only 1 show a week at 6.00pm on Thursdays and it was so poorly patronised that it is depressing. Our show had an audience of only 20 persons in a comfortable hall that could seat 280 easily. I think the problem is poor promotion work by the Hotels and the authorities.
But is the show good?? YES, it is very good. Excellent , I would say! There are 5 separate acts (they call them scenes). The first is a comical sequence where an old man tries to flirt with a woman carried by an old man. The second is Hue Royal music played by 8 musicians. The third is a lion dance with a difference ( surprise!!) The fourth is an act featuring love and betrayal. The finale is another music performance by 10 performers in a less formal atmosphere. All the acts leave lasting memories!
All these in 45 minutes in air conditioned comfort for a ticket price of US$5 only! The Theatre is located at 51 Doung Thanh in Hoan Kiem ( Old Quarter), Hanoi. A few doors away on no 67 is an excellent restaurant-Bun ChaNem Cua Dac Kim., where you can have a nice dinner after the show.

Visited September 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for kids, but...”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

The theater was worth the $3 pricetag, that is for sure. Its all in Vietnamese, naturally, but the stories and themes are scattered making it hard to follow. Legroom on the seats are REALLY bad, impossible to sit normally if you are over 185cm. Kids would probably love this, provided they are under 10. Personally I found it a little dull.

Visited April 2012
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