The best stage shows in Beijing this December

The best theatre, dance and classical music in Beijing this December

Tap Dogs opens on Dec 27
Whether you want to relax, broaden your cultural soul or simply escape the cold for a few hours, we have you covered with our pick of the best stage shows taking place in Beijing this month. From blockbuster musicals to world-famous plays, we bring you all the classical music, opera, theatre and musical extravaganzas that the city offers this December.

Events disappear from this page as they pass, so if you're looking at a sparse page you missed the boat [sad face]. But come back next month for another glut of events to keep you entertained.

The Lord of the Rings in Concert

Critics' pick

The Lord of the Rings comes to Beijing in concert with The Fellowship of the Ring performed first. Howard Shore's majestic scores are brought to life by China's National Opera House Symphony Orchestra, creating the soaring, thrilling vistas of Middle Earth through music while scenes from Peter Jackson's award-winning film play behind. Experience the fellowship's quest in person, with all the sweeping, operatic greatness it deserves.

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 18-19 Dec Buy tickets

Chen Sa

Critics' pick

Over the past decade, Chen Sa has established herself as one of the most charismatic pianists of her generation. She earned critical acclaim at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000 and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, which began her professional performing career, bringing her evocative performances to audiences around the world.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 20 Dec Buy tickets

Revel's World of Shakespeare

Critics' pick

A perfect one-man show that chronicles American writer, actor and director Joseph Graves’ own experiences at London’s Chelsea School for Boys under the tutelage of Clive T Revel, a tyrannical, alcoholic professor who saw Shakespeare as a religion (if not a cult), pressing his young charges into terrified service.

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Long Fu Theatre 21-22 Dec

Alexander Markov + Tian Jiang

Critics' pick

Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the world’s most captivating and versatile musicians. Whether performing as a soloist with prestigious orchestras at major concert halls around the world or playing at sports arenas in front of 25,000 people at an NBA game on his gold electric violin, Alexander Markov always makes an instant connection with his audiences.

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Beijing Comedy Theatre (北京喜剧院) , 11 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie 25 Dec Buy tickets

Tap Dogs

Critics' pick

This Aussie tap-dancing crew breathe new life into a time-honoured genre by mixing nimble feet with thumping live sounds. Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs returns to the stage with its trademark blend of live music and tap dance as you’ve never seen before. Described as 'positively electrifying' by The New York Observer and 'the hottest show on legs' by Time Out London, this toe-tapping dance extravaganza heads to Beijing this December for a night to remember.

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Poly Theatre (保利剧院) , 14 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie 27-31 Dec , 31 Dec Buy tickets

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