There is much more
to Bangkok by night than just the glitter of pubs and bars. Exceptionally
more popular among tourists are the cultural shows staged by various Thai
restaurants. This would be the perfect introduction to Thailand's highly-styled
classical dance, accompanied by music played on traditional instruments.
Dressed in gorgeous costumes, dancers perform the slow graceful movements
that make up the intricate language of classical Thai dance drama. Visually
stunning, these shows are a must!
If you are looking
for something a little more highbrow, you will not be disappointed. Although
Bangkok does not have regular offerings of plays, operas or concerts,
performances are nonetheless frequently staged by both local and international
artists. The Thailand Cultural Centre and Thailand's National Theatre
are the main venues, though leading hotels quite often host visiting artists
and smaller theater groups.
in Bangkok include Thai dance and puppet performances, English and Thai
language dramas, concerts by visiting international artists, musical performance
and infrequently imported mimes and plays. Visitors are advised to consult
the English language newspapers, particularly the weekly or daily calendar
of events, to confirm the times and dates of current performances.
In the north, the
KAD Performing Arts Centre in Chiang Mai includes the lavishly equipped
KAD Theatre with a seating capacity of 1,550 and the KAD Playhouse with
a seating capacity of 500. The KAD Performing Arts Centre is geared towards
staging imported full scale theatrical and musical productions from abroad,
performed in the original language, and original Thai dramatic and musical
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