Enjoy traditional Chinese opera in city

(study-shanghai.org) | Aug 21, 2015

The city of Shanghai witnessed booming development of theater industry in the 20th century when a cluster of theaters and traditional Chinese opera troupes settled in the city. Although traditional operas are no longer a la mode, there are still some old theaters in Huangpu district where you can enjoy the glamor of the traditional Chinese culture in case you are tired of pop music.

Tianchan Yifu Theater


The theater heater has the longest history and the largest scale of any Chinese opera theater in Shanghai. It was once known as Tian Chan Theater. Since its establishment in 1925, it has featured Peking Opera performances and has been favored by many famous Chinese opera artists. Earlier on, it became the 'Largest Theater in the Far East'.

In 1994, the theater reopened to the public after renovation. Now it offers nearly 1,000 seats on two floors. The Peking Opera is still its trump card. Other traditional Chinese opera performances are also available.

701, Fuzhou Rd, Huangpu district 黄浦区福州路701号

Shanghai Grand Theater


Shanghai Grand Theater enjoys a high reputation at home and abroad, and many well-known orchestras and musicians have performed there. Opened to the public in 1998, the theater regularly hosts operas, ballets, symphonies, musicals, dramas and chamber music concerts.

Last July, the theater performed its original Peking Opera Jin Lv Qu, which received great recommendation and was chosen as the only new play for the series performances to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Peking Opera star Zhou Xinfang (1895-1975). The play will be put on stage again this summer.

In addition, the theater will also cooperate with a local Kunqu Opera troupe to play an opera adapted from the long ancient poem Chun Jiang Hua Yue Ye (Spring Night on a Moonlit River).

300, Renming Avenue, Huangpu district 黄浦区人民大道300号

Make sure you get there on time. Late arrivals are asked to wait outside the theater and enter during the intervals.
Don't buy tickets from ticket scalpers.

Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe Theater


The Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe is based in an old mansion which used to be the French Police Club in downtown Shanghai. After four years’ renovation, the troupe was relocated in the building in 2013. The former Lanxin Theater is renamed as “Yu Zhenfei Kunqu Hall”.

Different Kunqu Opera plays are put on stage at the Yu Zhenfei Kunqu Hall every week. People can enjoy charm of intangible cultural heritage after booking a ticket.

9, Shaoxing Rd, Huangpu district 黄浦区绍兴路9号

Yuyuan Theater


The Yuyuan Theater, featuring an ancient Chinese theatrical stage, is a teahouse in the daytime and a theater at night. Every evening, the theater puts on a performance combining the Chinese folk music, ancient costume show and dances to entertain tourists.

10, Wenchang Rd, Huangpu district 黄浦区文昌路10号绿波廊4楼屋顶


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