5 Best Shows and Musicals in Lisbon – Winter 2022/23

Written By Lara Silva

Lisbon is one of the best European cities to visit during Winter. Temperatures are quite moderate, between a pleasant 8° and 15°C (46-59°F). However, it does rain around 90mm of rain per month, which on certain days can ruin your plans. Fortunately, Lisbon hosts a ton of shows and musicals that will not only shelter you from the train but also makes for a unique experience. Let’s be real, what feels more like Christmas than heading to the theater for a heartwarming show? 

Let’s take a look at the 5 best shows and musicals in Lisbon for this Winter 2022. 

Travel Guide to Lisbon

1. Wizard of Oz

Starting October 29, you can head to Teatro Armando Cortez in Lisbon for a wonderful adaptation of Wizard of Oz. Catering to all ages, it tells the magical story of Dorothy’s adventures in rural America with music, dance, plastic arts, and audiovisual elements.

This is the story of Dorothy’s adventures when she was a little girl from a rural and inhospitable area in America. You will navigate this journey with her, meeting the new friends she makes along the way. 

Teatro Armando Cortez is a large theater with over 300 seats, equipped with a large stage, dressing rooms, a foyer with a bar, a cloakroom, and more. 

2. Cirque du Soleil Crystal

Starting December 22 until January 1 in Altice Arena, Cirque du Soleil Crystal is a new and unique experience that is set to sell out. Imagine Cirque du Soleil meets ice skating, the perfect evening for a Christmas feel!

You will be able to watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats challenging the laws of gravity with outstanding acrobatics. A first-time show, Cirque du Soleil Crystal is directed by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevilla. 

We recommend booking tickets as soon as possible as they are likely to sell out!

3. CATS Musical in Lisbon

The musical production of CATS is returning to Lisbon this winter from February 14 to 19 in Campo Pequeno. It has been almost a decade since CATS was performed in Portugal, with the original version of the musical finally returning.

Andrew Llyod Webber’s musical CATS was adapted from T.S. Elliott’s Book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” The musical tells the story of the meeting of the Jellicle cats at the Jellicle ball. This is the perfect musical for children and adults alike, bringing the whole family together for a night of fun entertainment.

4. Swan Lake Ballet

The Swan Lake Ballet returns to Lisbon from January 6 to 8, 2023, in Coliseu Lisboa. Considered one of the most beautiful ballets of classic dance, Swan Lake was first performed in public in Moscow in 1877. It highlights the duality of good and evil through the symbols of the white and black swan.

The ballet is presented in four acts, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, libretto by Vladimir Begitchev, and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Every detail of this 2-hour ballet is carefully curated, from the outfits to the figurines.

5. Fado in Chiado

With over a decade of experience, Fado in Chiado was one of the first places to host a daily live traditional fado show, accompanied by a guitar and viola, with two singers, and a feminine and masculine voice for a full Portuguese experience.

The show is a little less than an hour in the Chiado district, and you will get to experience the melancholic vibes of the traditional musical genre of fado. Book this ticket to skip the line to this iconic cultural experience. Drinks are not included in the ticket price, but we recommend ordering a classic Port wine. 

Book ticket here to skip the line

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