Liyuan Theatre

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175 Yongan Lu

The daily show at the Liyuan Theatre, housed in the Qianmen Jianguo hotel, is aimed squarely at tourists (when Time Out visited, the audience was almost entirely Western). But as a palatable introduction for first-time opera-goers, with a video overview to the art form kicking off the night, good English subtitles, and an enthusiastic cast, it is hard to beat. the show features extracts from four different operas in a family-friendly form that kids will love; highlights include a drunken concubine, an assassin attack and appearances from Chou (clown). For the full experience, buy a ticket for the front tables, where tea and snacks are served as you watch.

Tickets from 200RMB.
Venue name: Liyuan Theatre
Opening hours: 7.30pm daily.
English address: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, 175 Yongan Lu, Hufangqiao, Xicheng district
Chinese address: 西城区虎坊桥永安路175号前门建国饭店1层
  • 4 out of 5 stars