So many shows, so little time. Most Macau visitors see at least one production while in town. But with so many options, picking which tickets to buy can be an overwhelming proposition. So whether you’re into magic, comedy or musicals, we narrowed this list down to the best around the city.

The House of Dancing Water


An unmissable icon of Macau’s live entertainment scene, the multi-sensory spectacle The House of Dancing Water, located at City of Dreams, has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Performed by a cast of nearly 100 international artists in a purpose-built 2,000-seat, 270-degree view theatre that includes a stage pool which holds 3.7 million gallons of water, the show features dazzling costumes and special effects designed by artistic director Franco Dragone.

House of Dancing Water, 1/F City of Dreams, Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8868 6767,

The Monkey King

First introduced in 16th-century China in the novel Journey to the West, the Monkey King has appeared in countless forms, from opera to TV to film. The journey continues with Monkey King – a Mythical Theatre Show, a newly launched resident stage spectacular at the custom-built, 1,700 seat Sands Cotai Theatre, Sands Cotai Central. The Macau production is based on the original version and brings all the Chinese elements of myths, fairy tales, drama, comedy, slapstick, magic and other features in one spectacular show.

The Monkey King, Sands Cotai Theatre, Sands Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai
+853 8118 3643

Thriller Live

With an extraordinary music career spanning 45 years, Michael Jackson remains a cultural phenomenon. From pop to rock and soul to disco, the legendary performer wowed his legion of fans with his innovative videos, mesmerising performances, and iconic dance moves, including his famous moonwalk. The West End spectacular Thriller Live, which celebrates Jackson’s musical legacy, is testimony to the fact that fans can’t get enough. As well as experiencing Jackson’s legendary live performance and innovative dance routines, audiences can expect to hear their favourite songs, including I Want You Back, ABC, Black Or White, Beat It, Billie Jean, Bad, Dangerous and, of course, Thriller.

Thriller Live, The Parisian Theatre, The Parisian Macao, Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai Strip,
+853 2882 8818,

House of Magic

 Take a mind-bending trip to the House of Magic, created and curated by world-famous illusionist Franz Harary. Featuring a seasonal, rotating lineup of international magicians, the three-theatre arena, which includes the 150-seat parlour magic theatres Majestic Theater and Lair Theater, plus the 300-seat Mega Magic Theater, allows visitors to move from one performance to another—for the price of just one show.

House of Magic, 2/F, Studio City Macau, Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8868 6767,

Ultra Heroes Acrobattle Live In Macao 2017

The Japanese science fiction TV series Ultraman debuted in 1966 and has grown into an empire that encompasses more than 30 television shows, dozens of films, video games, countless toys of the heroes and monsters and stage shows. Ultra Heroes Acrobattle Live In Macao 2017, billed as the largest Ultraheroes live show and playground extravaganza in Asia, employing live action, special effects and new 3D projection mapping technology, has a limited run at The Venetian Macao this summer. In addition to staged action between the Ultraheroes and Monsters, the event features a kid-friendly attractions including a go-kart race track, Asia’s longest indoor ski track, a train ride in a frozen environment, a bubble ball slide and an inflatable bed.

Until August 27
Ultra Heroes Acrobattle Live In Macao 2017, Cotai Expo - Hall E, The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca, +853 2882 8818,

Viva La Broadway


 Photo: Courtesy of Broadway Macau

Macau, which long ago displaced Las Vegas as the world’s top gambling city, shares some of its American cousin’s staples, including the classic Vegas showgirl presentation. Crazy Rouge, the Britain’s Got Talent-starring dance group who blend burlesque moves with the hits of Bruno Mars, Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé, headline a highly-entertaining variety show, Viva La Broadway, at Broadway Macau. Other star acts include Lasergirl, performed by Donatella Colucci from Italy in a show combining technology, dance and interactive light and lasers; 2 Perfect, which features a mix of choreography, comedy and quick costume changes; and Matt & Valentina, who bring their gravity-defying roller-skating act to Macau. 

Broadway Theatre, Broadway Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai
+853 8883 3338,

The Experience/Destiny


Rendering of MGM Theatre, MGM Cotai (Photo: Courtesy of MGM)

Macau’s ever-evolving entertainment scene continues to expand with three new resident shows at MGM Cotai, set to open in the fourth quarter this year. The Experience and Destiny will launch first at the USD$3.1 billion resort’s new 2,000-seat theatre, the world’s first to offer a 28-million-pixel screen, the size of three tennis courts combined. The Experience, inspired by Macau, is a 10-minute symphony that showcases the theatre’s engineering and architectural dexterity, while Destiny is an action-packed immersive theatrical production inspired by TV game shows and adventure video games.

The Experience/Destiny
MGM Theatre, MGM Cotai, Avenida Comericial de Macau,
+853 8802 8888,

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Tags: Macau Events, Thriller Live, Viva La Broadway, House Of Magic, The House Of Dancing Water, The Monkey King, Ultra Heroes Acrobattle Live In Macao 2017, The Experience, Destiny