Temple Theatre Beijing Opera House 正乙祠
What's the story?
Tucked away in a hutong a short walk from Qianmen is Temple Theatre Beijing Opera House – a glorious legacy of Old Beijing that still puts on some of the best performances in the city. With a spectacular interior, the theatre lays claim to being one of the oldest and best-preserved wooden buildings in Beijing. Built in 1667 as an ancestral shrine, it later expanded into a playhouse where masters of Peking opera such as Mei Lanfang regularly held court. The theatre's interior is a beautiful shade of red, its wooden beams and balconies lavishly decorated, with the roofed stage the magnificent centrepiece. While Temple Theatre is known for classical Peking opera and Kunqu (昆曲), another popular opera form originating from Jiangsu province, the theatre also hosts an eclectic range of performing arts, including avant-garde dance. The theatre's staging, of course, adds a unique atmosphere.
When can I go?
The theatre is only open during performance times for ticket holders with performances happening every Friday to Sunday. In addition, you can check out their latest performance schedule and buy tickets on its official WeChat (ID: zhengyicixilou).