The Theatre was established on October 1969 under the investment and guidance of the Ha Noi People’s Committee and Department of Culture- Sport and Tourism. After nearly a half-century of formation and development, from an art troupe of nine actors and actresses who graduated from Ha Noi College of Art; now the Theatre has owned two troupes and functional divisions and sections, a personnel force of officers, artists, puppeteers, technicians, etc who have been under full-time training courses, highly qualified, active, creative, fully enthusiastic.
Thang Long Theatre holds the Asian record for “the only theatre in Asia that performs water puppetry all 365 days of the year”. The theater has brought water puppetry art to more than 40 foreign countries like Japan, France, America, Australia, Spain, etc, through performance tours, or international cultural exchange program or puppetry festivals.
By now, the Theatre has formed its own playhouse for water puppetry with modern equipment and facilities to satisfy with demands of all audiences. The playhouse has 300 seats, serving about 1,700 shows each year. The theatre offers three to six shows a day, depending on whether it’s the low or high season.
Traditional content of water puppet performance like daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching fishes, etc), communal entertainment (swimming contest, dragon dancing, etc), or historical legends (Le Loi returns precious sword,etc), with modest performance way have appealed audiences for centuries. However, the artists of Thang Long Water Puppet Theater want to renew the old puppet shows with effect of light, music and combination between people and puppets.
The Theatre has gradually recovered and renewed the old folk-tales and legends to add the performances. As the professional art unit specialized in water puppetry, the Theatre has successfully set up some outstanding programs, plays and pieces which attract the interest in by domestic and foreign audiences. With its best efforts, the Theatre has been awarded many significant prizes in domestic and international water puppet festivals. Many artists have been conferred upon noble titles such as People’s Artist, Meritorious Artist, etc.
The Theatre has of preservation, maintenance and development of the traditional water puppetry; confirm-reinforce its brand name; contribute significant part to the advertisement and speeding up the cultural and art exchange and cooperation in the world. Together with the reform of country, the water puppetry – Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre has really renovated its quantity and quality. The appearance of plays with various forms and types has contributed to respecting Vietnamese water puppetry, deserving to be Vietnamese cultural quintessence. The Theatre has always exploited, created and developed continually the stage design under the model of traditional water puppet stage in combination with modern audiovisual devices and professional personnel force. With the available strength of the art unit, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is always one of the most attractive destinations in Ha Noi. It is expected to welcome domestic and foreign visitors to visit more and discover natural beauty and profound meanings of Vietnamese water puppetry.
From the theatre, tourists can visit the Old Quarter, do sightseeing around Hoan Kiem Lake and discover simultaneously famous cultural historical relics such as Ngoc Sơn Temple, Ha Noi Opera House and the Museum of History, etc.
THANG LONG WATER PUPPET THEATRE
Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang – Hanoi – Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 39364335 – 39364334 – 38255450
Fax / Tel: 84 43 8 245117
There are five available shows/day weekly at: 3PM, 4:10PM, 5:20 PM, 6:30 PM, 8 PM