Cheo – Dramatic Art

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Cheo - Dramatic Art
Cheo - Dramatic Art

Possibly the oldest sung form of Northern Vietnam, cheo, is still performed regularly in Hanoi. The Cheo theatre opened in 2002 and ever since has staged two performances a week, on Fridays and Saturdays.

But in September, the theatre will be open five nights a week including Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are also plans to put on displays of traditional ceramic, lacquers, embroidery and bronze products from local craft villages.

Cheo - Dramatic Art
Cheo – Dramatic Art

Some of Vietnam’s top cheo artists, such as luminaries as Xuan Hinh, Xuan Hanh, Thuy Mui, Mai Huong and Thu Huyen – most of whom have won prizes at national contests – appear here regularly.

Each performance includes six or seven extracts from well-known cheo dramas, many of them celebrating old-time heroes. The evening usually starts with offerings of the mildly narcotic betel leaf and tea.

Cheo - Dramatic Art
Cheo – Dramatic Art

Seats on the upper level cost VND40,000 while the others are VND50,000; buy them at the theatre. Unfortunately, no English translations are available. (see Cai luong)

Cheo Theatre15 NGuyen Dinh Chieu St., Hanoi