Beijing Theatres

Beijing theatres like National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall and China Folk Culture Palace offer the very best of entertainment adding greatly to the wide choice of pastimes in the city.

There are two main types of Beijing theatres: one is used for concert and the other for Chinese Folk Show. In the first type of theatres like National Centre, Zhongshan Music Hall and National Gym, visitors can enjoy the ballet, drama, and concert. In the others like Red Theatre and Puppet Art Theatre, the Chinese Kung Fu and puppet shows can’t be missed.

Vocal Concert & Musicale

Acrobatic Show in Beijing
Acrobatic Show
Lying near Tiananmen Square and Great Hall of the People, the National Centre for the Performing Arts covers an area over 118,900 square meters (2.9 acres). The gallant showplace was designed by Aeroports De Paris and under the assistance of Tsinghua University. After 10 years' construction, the showplace was finished in September, 2007 and opened to public.

The north entrance of the National Centre for the Performing Arts is just beside the subway entrance of Tiananmen West Stop by Subway Line 1. A ticket selling hall is set there. On passing the dreamlike corridor under water, visitors can get to the public hall and see the three professional performing halls in front: drama hall (957 seats) in the west, odeum (1859 seats) in the east and opera hall (2079 seats) in the middle. They are separate halls which are connected with air corridors. Everyday, there are top leveled Beijing performances put on there. If you are an art fan, National Centre for the Performing Arts couldn't be missed in your journey.
Customers Capacity: 5,452 persons
Address: west of Tian’anmen Square

Workers' Stadium

Built in 1959, this is one of the largest stadiums in China, which has high-level supporting facilities, including reporters' special seats and stands for the handicapped. Here you can enjoy many shows in Beijing.
Customers Capacity: 65,000 persons
Address: Sanlitun, North Tiyuchang Rd, Chaoyang District

National Gym

Customers Capacity: 18,000 persons
Address: No.5, Baishi Qiao, Xizhimen Wai, Haidian District

Concert Hall of National Library

Customers Capacity: 1,120 persons
Address: No.33, South Zhongguancun Street, Haidian District

Zhongshan Music Hall

Among the Beijing theatres, this one is located in the Zhongshan Park, providing a comfortable environment.
Customers Capacity: 1,400 persons
Address: inside Zhongshan Park, west of Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District

Beijing Odeum

Customers Capacity: 1,182 persons
Address: No.1, North Xinhua Street, Xicheng District

Exhibition Hall Theater

Customers Capacity: 2,700 persons
Address: No.135, Xizhimen Outer Street, Xicheng District

Tianqiao Theater

As one of the popular Beijing theatres, Tianqiao Theater is located in the city center with Tiantan Park in the west and Liulichang Culture Street in the south. It is the only professional theatre with perfect facilities, for performing opera and ballet.
Customers Capacity: 1,200 persons
Address: No.30, Beiwei Rd, Xicheng District

Eastern Pioneers' Theater

Customers Capacity: 320 persons
Address: east of Eastern Plaza, No.8-2, Dongdan Santiao, Dongcheng District

Nine Theater

Among Beijing theatres, this one is named after nine separate theaters which offer performances in one building. The largest theater is 1,500 square meters (1,794 square yards) and the smallest one is only 50 square meters (60 square yards). Xiao Liyuan Theater is specially for Chinese Opera. There are motor-bars, art gallery and bookstores nearby. 
Address: Culture Center of Chaoyang District, Xiaozhuang, Chaoyangmen Wai, Chaoyang District


Folk Show

Red Theater, Beijing
Exterior of Red Theater

Red Theater Beijing

This is the most famous one among Beijing theatres, and you can enjoy the most famous Chinese acrobatic show Heroes of Shu here. The performance gives exciting and breathtaking acrobatic tricks like face-changing of Sichuan Opera, Jiu-Jitsu, Top Bowl, tightrope walking, juggling, Diabolo Play, Drum Play, etc.
Address: No.44, Xingfu Street, Workers' Art Palace, Dongcheng District


Chaoyang Theater

The amazing show “Millennium Drum” is on stage, giving Chinese classical tracks like the Female Warriors of Yang Family, the Fights between the Bull and the Tiger, the Mice gets Married, The Boatman of the Yellow River, Roll Call of Soldiers by the King of Qin, etc.
Customers Capacity: 1,300 persons
Address: No.36, North 3rd East Ring Road, Chaoyang District


Chinese Puppet Art Theater

Customers Capacity: 700 persons
Address: A1, Section 1, Anhua Xili, Chaoyang District
- Last updated on Dec. 29, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Theatres
Asked by Lisa from UNITED STATES | Mar. 07, 2018 21:30Reply
What is attire should i wear to acrobatic show, i will be visiting in a couple weeks? is it casual?
Answers (1)
Answered by Felicia from CANADA | Mar. 08, 2018 01:34

There is no strict rule about the attire. Just wear usual clothing, and very casual attire like flip flops and vest are surely not recommended.
Asked by Ming from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 20, 2011 09:43Reply
After exiting TianAnMen Xi, how do I reach Beijing Zhongshan Music Hall?Taxi or is it safe to walk?
If walking, is it accessible to walk through the Zhongshan Park south gate? After the performance, are there taxis waiting outside the hall? Thanks in advance.
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Answered by Alice from CHINA | Jun. 20, 2011 22:49

You can walk from Tiananmen West to the Music Hall. After arriving at Tiananmen West Station, gettting out of the station from exit B and walking about 5 minutes towards east, you will get to Zhongshan Park South Gate. Then you can get into the park through the south gate.
After the performance, you can find taxi waiting outside the hall.
Asked by Mr.Albert from MALAYSIA | Apr. 04, 2011 10:22Reply
Where to watch Acrobatic show in Peking and how much is the ticket?
I plan to go to on 26 Apr - 2 May and i would like to watch Acrobatic show in this city? May i know where can i enjoy the show much and how much is the ticket?
What is the time the show will start? what is the duration of the show?
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Answered by Mr.Jamie | Apr. 07, 2011 02:40

I think you could watch the Legend of Kung Fu at Red Theatre. This performance combines Chinese Kung Fu, acrobatic show and dance perfectly, enjoying high fame at present. It is dispayed from 19:30 to 20:50 everyday.
The ticket varies from CNY180, CNY280, CNY380 to CNY680.
Asked by Mrs.Jill from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 03, 2011 21:11Reply
What tourist spots are near Beijing Chaoyang Theater?
What tourist spots are near the Chaoyang Theatre? So that while waiting for the acrobatic show at night, I can go to some of them. Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Ms.CRYSTALRING | Feb. 06, 2011 01:07

You can spend your time in promenading around Tuanjiehu Park when waiting for the show.
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