The Hát Chèo is a satirical musical theatre, a kind of popular opera with an entirely oral tradition.
Cheo is a specific and special art of Vietnam's cultural heritage, a vivid manifestation of the Vietnamese soul and a national cultural identity. Cheo has been crystalized from the heroic and grueling life of Vietnamese ethic communities in their founding and defense of the country.
The characters are those of daily life and presented by the Masters, the principal styles, different types of declamation and chant. A few of the characters (the monk, drunk, clown, etc.) show this to be a highly sophisticated art form.
This artistic show is performed weekly on Fridays and Saturdays from 20h to 21 h at 15 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Hanoi.