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Cantonese Opera Xiqu Centre
Photograph: Courtesy of Xiqu Centre

A taste of traditional Chinese showmanship

An authentic Cantonese opera experience at the Xiqu Centre's Tea House Theatre

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with West Kowloon Cultural District

Cantonese opera – a form of traditional Chinese theatre that includes music, acrobatics, recital, and acting – is one of the regional genres of xiqu. Live performances of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong are mostly two to three hours long. Newcomers may shy away from taking the leap if they have never experienced this traditional art form. The Xiqu Centre, an award–winning, purposely built architecture for Chinese traditional theatre, offers one of the best introductory programmes in town to experience this unique art form.

The 90-minute Tea House Theatre Experience presented by the talented young artists of the Xiqu Centre’s resident Tea House Rising Stars Troupe, showcases a selection of Chinese classical music, short excerpts from romantic comedy to martial arts with a range of music styles. The show is performed and narrated in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles, and an expert moderator leads narration to help newcomers gain insight into the art form's history to complete your first experience of the art form.  

The theatre itself is exquisitely decorated with state-of-the-art stage technology and sound system, it offers audiences an authentic way to experience xiqu and to learn about this charming piece of heritage. Whether to indulge yourself in Chinese culture and have a taste of traditional Chinese showmanship; or to bring along a few close friends or family and enjoy a live performance that they haven’t seen before, the Tea House Theatre Experience is a show you do not want to miss.

Photograph: Courtesy of Xiqu Centre

The Programme

• Nanyin (Cantonese Narrative Singing)
• Wind and Percussion Music
• Music Ensemble Performance
• Cantonese Opera Excerpt Performance 

Date and time
Thursday and Friday: 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 3.00pm

Tickets (includes performance and tea)*
*The Tea House Theatre is extending hygiene measurements and pausing tea and dim sum service until further notice. However, visitors will get a complimentary takeaway drink and a special welcome gift after the show. 

Tickets are now sold at 15 percent off of all regular price tickets, as well as concession and family packages.

15 percent off Standard: $312, $270
15 percent off Concession: $156, $135 (senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, CSSA recipients, and full-time students aged 6 and above)
15 percent off Family Package: $612 for four tickets

Discount offers are subject to change without prior notice.

Tickets are available online at, in person at West Kowloon Tickets Offices, and by phone 2200 0022. 

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