Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center & Art Theatre

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center

Shanghai is the cradle of Chinese drama. In its nearly 100 years of development, drama plays a very important role in the spread of culture. Up to today, the city is still outstanding for drama performance and is especially famous as home to the Dramatic Arts Center.

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center is the only national drama center in the city. It was established in 1995 by combining two famous drama troupes – Shanghai People's Arts Center Troupe and Youth Drama Troupe. At present, it has already got hundreds of classical Chinese and foreign dramas on show. Music dramas and dance are sometimes performed here.

Today's the Dramatic Arts Center gathers the most brilliant playwrights, directors, producers and actors in China. The three major theaters, including the big Arts Theater, middle-sized Studio D6 and the small but exquisite Drama Salon are well-equipped to guarantee high quality performance.

 Address: No. 288, Anfu Road, Xuhui District
Transportation: Take bus no. 15, 48, 93, 94, 113, 126 or 548.

2022 Performance Schedule

Performance Date Ticket Fare (CNY)
Drama: Everlasting Regret 19:30, Apr.2nd ~ 3rd;
14:00, Apr. 4th (Sun);
19:30, Apr.6th ~ 10th;
14:00, Apr.11th (Sun)
580, 380, 280, 180
Drama: Imperial Envoy 19:30, Apr.8th ~ 10th;
14:00, Apr.11th (Sun);
19:30, Apr.15th ~ 17th;
14:00, Apr.18th
388, 288, 188
Drama: Every Brilliant Thing 20:00, Apr.15th ~ 17th;
14:30, Apr.18th (Sun);
20:00, Apr.20th ~ May 1st
380, 280, 180
Drama: Life Views of Two Dogs 19:30., Apr.20th ~ 23rd;
14:30, Apr.24th (Sat.);
19:30, Apr.24th ~ 25th
480, 380, 280, 180, 100
Drama: A Man and A Cat 19:30, Apr.23rd (Fri.);
10:30, 14:00, Apr.24th (Sat);
19:30, Apr.24th ~ 25th
380, 280, 180
Drama: House Guest 19:30, May 5th ~ 8th;
14:00, May 9th (Sun)
600, 500, 400, 300

Shanghai Art Theatre

Shanghai Art Theatre, also named Yihai Theatre, is located at Jiangning Road which is near to Nanjing West Road. It is an intellectualized and modernized as well as multi-functional cultural complex theatre which includes all kind of performing arts, such as ballet, drama and concert. Completed in 2001, it has eight floors: two underground floors as parking lots, first floor as the theatre and from the third to fifth floor as auxiliary, the dressing rooms, class rooms, rehearsal halls, offices, laundry etc. There is also a restaurant and a coffee house inside. With a seating capacity of 999, it proudly provides you advanced equipment and comfortable service in support of your enjoyment of the performances.

 Address: 466, Jiangning Road, Jing'an District
Transportation: Take bus no. 112, 36, 24, 23, 76, 722, 206, 316, 19, 934 or metro line 2, and get off at Nanjing West Road, then walk there.

2022 Performance Schedule:

Performance Date Ticket Fare (CNY)
Drama: More Than Moonlight in Front of the Window 19:30, Apr.1st (Thur.), Apr.7th ~ 8th 1180, 580, 480, 380, 280, 180, 80
Talk Show: Feng Yue Wu Bian 19:30, Apr.18th (Sun.) 380, 320, 240, 160, 80
Drama: Copenhagen 19:30, Apr. 27th ~ 28th 400, 300, 200, 100
Drama: Duan Shou Si Cheng 19:30, Apr.30th (Fri.);
14:30, 19:30, May 1st (Sat.);
14:30, 19:30, May 2nd (Sun.)
600, 500, 400, 300, 100
- Last updated on Mar. 23, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center & Art Theatre
Asked by susan loewenberg from USA | Mar. 23, 2023 11:24Reply
is Nick Yu still the director
Answers (1)
Answered by Bruce | Mar. 23, 2023 18:00

No, I cannot find the name on the director's list on the official website of Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center.
Asked by Rodion Kovalev from РОССИЯ | Feb. 24, 2020 17:37Reply
Hello! The Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center & Art Theatre schedule seems to be cut.
Are there any shows in February and March?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eleanor from UKRAINE | Feb. 27, 2020 18:13

Well, the performances will be delayed or changed because of the virus situation. You are suggested to pay close attention to the latest news recently.
Asked by Ciarra T. Hodges from CHINA | Mar. 31, 2016 02:12Reply
Group Tickets of Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center & Art Theatre
I am interested in bring my students from Hangzhou for a show. Do you have any special arrangements for groups or schools? Who can I talk to about coming to a show?
Answers (1)
Answered by Angela from ITALY | Apr. 01, 2016 00:58

I am not sure about this. But you may dial at 021-64334546 to consult the staff for detailed information. Good luck! :)
Asked by Yulia from RUSSIA | Mar. 16, 2016 03:07Reply
Which of the performances in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center are in English?
Is the 39 steps in English? how about others? How to find out?
Answers (1)
Answered by Heidi | Mar. 17, 2016 04:56

First of all, the 39 steps are in Chinese. Performances in Dramatic Arts Center are almost in Chinese, and there are several English ones, like I'm Going to Baidi (I heard so). Anyway, if you are interested, you can go for fun; the Chinese ones are in Mandarin dialogues and English subtitles. For more info, you may dial 86-021-64730123 / 64734567 for a try.
Asked by tee from CHINA | Feb. 22, 2016 07:55Reply
where can i buy the ticket for drama The Grönholm Method?
Answers (1)
Answered by Zach from FINLAND | Feb. 23, 2016 03:02

You can dial (+86) 021-64730123 or 021-64734567 to book tickets in advance.
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