GBA Lifestyle News
City Living Section
By Faye Bradley | August 10th, 2021

The opera isn’t just reserved for classical music lovers. A sophisticated, elegant affair, the opera has been a traditional form of entertainment for hundreds of years, dating as far back as Renaissance times in the West. Similarly in the East, Cantonese opera equally beloved and is performed at old-school theaters. Take a peek into the nostalgic artform at these opera houses, for Western and Cantonese opera.

Cantonese Opera

Xiqu Centre

 Xiqu Centre
Photo: Xiqu Centre

Xiqu Centre opened in 2019 at West Kowloon Cultural District, offering a dedicated Cantonese opera and traditional Chinese theater for art appreciators. The modern space celebrates artists for both intimate occasions and large-scale events. Visitors can marvel at the incredible architecture alone, but they’re here for the entertainment. Visit the Chinese theater to watch memorable performances and explore the Tea House Theatre for xiqu-related functions and activities.

88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2200 0217. Open 10:00am to 10:30pm every day.

Yau Ma Tei Theatre

yau ma tei theatre
Photo: Yau Ma Tei Theatre / Chong Fat (Wikipedia)

An old-timer that’s been around since the 1930s, Yau Ma Tei Theatre certainly withholds a nostalgic charm for many Hong Kongers. Incredibly, The historic Kowloon building has been showcasing Cantonese opera since before the war – and it continues to do so. Although it’s set between tourist stops like Temple Street, the theater remains most popular among locals. Experience a taste of quintessential Hong Kong at this sentimental monument.

6 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, 2264-8108. Open 1:00pm to 8:00pm every day.

Ko Shan Theatre

ko shan
Photo: Ko Shan Theatre / LCSD

Built in 1983, Ko Shan Theatre was designed as a cultural hub for Cantonese talent. The Hung Hom venue celebrates different forms of Chinese performances, including of course the acclaimed opera shows. Plus, there’s a dedicated Cantonese Opera Education and Information Centre, ideal for newbies.

77 Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom, 2740-9222. Open every day 9:00am to 11:00pm.

Western Opera

Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre
Photo: Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre is the busiest performing venue in Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Swish and sophisticated, this venue is popular for its Western opera, ballets, musicals and all sorts of theatrical spectaculars. Dress to impress and book in advance – these seats fill up fast!

Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2734-2009. Open 9:00am to 9:00pm every day.

Freespace at West Kowloon Cultural District

Freespace / WKCD
Photo: Freespace / WKCD

One of Hong Kong’s newest additions, Freespace at West Kowloon Cultural District is a platform for both artists and audiences to exchange ideas and musical passions. Thus, the cultural venue works with emerging and established local and international artists from Hong Kong to redefine performances in a modern way.

West Kowloon Cultural District, No. 18 Museum Drive, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2200-0217. Open every day 6:00am to 11:00pm.

Sha Tin Town Hall

shatin town hall
Photo: Sha Tin Town Hall / / LCSD

Sha Tin’s traditional proscenium theatre stages major opera, dance and musical performances – both Western and Cantonese. The fancy auditorium houses over 1,300 people at a time. But don’t worry – you can sit back and appreciate the shows without disruption.

1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, 2694-2509. Open every day 9:00am to 10:00pm.