Top Performing Arts & Live Theater This Week: December 4 to 10, 2023

A witch holding a treat above a jumping child's mouth. The child holds a wand behind her back and another child watches from behind bars
Opera in the Heights' "Hansel & Gretel" closes at Lambert Hall on Saturday | Photo: Peter Johnson, courtesy of Opera in the Heights

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, December 4 to Sunday, December 10, 2023.

Looking for ways to keep the theater calendar straight? We have you covered with this weekly roundup series tracking openings at theaters and performing arts institutions across the city of Houston.

Discover the upcoming holiday shows that are hitting stages in town with our guide to the top 25 holiday performances in 2023.

Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: December 4 to 10, 2023

  • DaCamera presents Beethoven for All at Menil Collection & Rothko Chapel | Monday, December 4 | Ongoing | FREE – Houston pianist Sarah Rothenberg and others perform Beethoven piano sonatas on the Menil campus in December, culminating in a concert at Rothko Chapel on the composer’s birthday on Saturday, December 16. Free with RSVP. Showtimes vary.
  • TUTS presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Hobby Center | Tuesday, December 5 | Ongoing – The beloved story of a kind young woman, her fairy godmother and believing in the impossible comes to life on stage in this family-friendly production that borrows from the 1990s TV production of the musical, starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. This production runs through Sunday, December 24. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Vincent Victoria Presents: Eight Notes to Heaven at Midtown Art Center | Thursday, December 7 | Ongoing – This new play from Vincent Victoria is a fictional account of the real rivalry between iconic singers Prince and Rick James. Set in 2016, the play with music is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic play, No Exit.This production runs through Sunday, December 17. $19.99 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Peter Pan at the Rec Room | Thursday, December 7 | Ongoing – It’s Christmas in 1980s London and the Darling children are about to discover some magical things they’ve never known. This update on the classic story explores imaginative play before the internet, the power of storytelling and imagination, and how lost boys, crocodiles, pirates, parents and siblings are all part of the patchwork of life and love. This production runs through Saturday, December 30. $40 ($5 on Wednesday, December 13). 7:30pm.
  • Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) at MATCH | Friday, December 8 | Ongoing – This mash-up of familiar holiday tales showcases stories you know and love, sprinkled with seasonal favorites from around the world. From carols to icons, traditions to festivities, it’s a madcap holiday romp. This production runs through Sunday, December 17. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Bach Society Houston presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Rice University’s Brockman Hall of Opera | Saturday, December 9 – The choir and orchestra finish where they left off last season, performing parts four through six of the composer’s famous work. $20 and up. 3pm.
Carolers dressed in holiday clothing performing on a small stage
Houston Grand Opera brings Carols on the Green back to Discovery Green | Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Final Performances This Week

Saturday, December 9 marks the final chances to catch Catastrophic Theatre’s Turn of the Screw at MATCH, as well as Hansel & Gretel by Opera in the Heights at Lambert Hall.

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Holly Beretto
Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.