Entertainment in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Mandalay

    Mintha Theater

    Colourfully costumed dancers perform around 10 dances from a larger repertoire. Some give human form to traditional stories of local folklore, while others are examples of typical Burmese slapstick – perhaps a comedic drunkard or the jokily incompetent, moustachioed U Shwe Yoe tumbling off the stage as he fails to impress his beau.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Mandalay

    Myanmar Marionette Theater

    At this puppet theatre, colourful marionettes expressively re-create snippets of traditional tales on a tiny stage. Occasionally a curtain is lifted so that you can briefly admire the deft hand movements of the puppeteers (one's an octogenarian), who have performed internationally. You can also buy puppets at this new location at the foot of Mandalay Hill.

  • Entertainment in Mandalay

    Moustache Brothers

    This classic a-nyeint group became world famous in the 1990s when their jokes and rants against the Myanmar government brought them a string of prison sentences and a name-check in the Hugh Grant flick About a Boy. The show, long since performed entirely in English, is an odd mix of vaudeville, Burmese theatre and political satire, and remains a classic Mandalay night out.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Yangon

    Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre

    Book ahead for this utterly charming cultural experience by Htwe and his family, who stage traditional puppet shows in their front living room. They've travelled the world and won awards for their shows, which last around an hour. The shows include English explanations and you can inspect and play with the beautiful puppets.

  • Entertainment in Yangon

    Karaweik Palace

    Although the buffet meal served here is universally slated, the stage inside this concrete replica of a Burmese royal barge is the only place in Yangon where you can regularly watch a cultural show of traditional dance and music.

  • Entertainment in Yangon

    Nay Pyi Daw Cinema

    Along with the neighbouring Shae Saung Cinema, this is one of the busiest movie houses in Yangon, screening local films, Hollywood staples and Bollywood extravaganzas. The building's early-1960s architecture is very attractive and the 400-seat auditorium is pretty comfortable. Various film festivals are held here.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Yangon

    Goethe Villa

    This German cultural organisation occupies a beautifully restored villa dating from the 1920s. Apart from language classes, the library and a cafe in the grounds, there's a great range of events staged here, including photo and art exhibitions with talks by the artists, music concerts and movie nights.

  • Entertainment in Yangon

    Bogyoke Aung San Stadium

    This ageing 40,000-seat stadium, opposite Yangon Central Train Station, is the home ground for Yangon United FC and used for football matches in the Myanmar National League (https://themnl.com).

  • Entertainment in Mandalay

    Mingalar Diamond Cineplex

    Hidden on the 5th floor of this big shopping centre are a three-screen cinema, several fast-food eateries and a concert hall with occasional Myanmar rap and pop gigs.

  • Entertainment in Mandalay

    Mandalar Thiri Stadium

    Large stadium seating more than 31,000 people that's home to Mandalay's Yadarbon FC. It's south of downtown, out near the old airport.

  • Entertainment in Nyaungshwe

    Aung Myanmar Puppet Show

    Aung Myanmar Puppet Show has two nightly, 30-minute shows of traditional Myanmar puppetry. It's behind the Nandawunn Hotel.

  • Entertainment in Yangon

    National Theatre

    Opened in 1991, the National Theatre is a boxy modern structure, which little reflects traditional Burmese architecture. The venue is occasionally used for a variety of shows, including international dance, drama and music, so it's worth inquiring what's on.

  • Entertainment in Mandalay

    Win-Win 35

    A small stage in the garden of this recently renovated and spacious beer station provides live music from local bands, usually featuring covers of Burmese pop songs. No cover, cheap beer and sizzler-plate meals where the main vegetable is roast garlic.

  • Entertainment in Yangon

    American Center

    The centre hosts occasional events and has a library with a collection of 18,000 volumes, including a good Myanmar section.