Performances in Shanghai

Acrobatics Show in Shanghai
Acrobatics Show
As a cultural and art center in eastern China, Shanghai is a paradise for art lovers and renowned for the huge variety of performances seen there.

Although Shanghai is an ultra-modern city, it preserves and encourages many traditional Chinese folk customs and art forms.  Yueju, which originated in Zhejiang, is the local form of opera and is very popular throughout southeast China. You can see Yueju in several theaters in the city as well as many other traditional entertainments. These include Beijing Opera, other forms of traditional Chinese operas, Chinese music, the dragon dance and the lion dance. Acrobatics are also worthy of mention here as a Chinese acrobatic show is certain to amaze you.

Should you wish to see a classical western style performance then Shanghai will not disappoint you. Owing its unique historical past, the city is a place where western and eastern cultures meet. Therefore, many world famous symphony concerts, operas, ballets and dramas are shown here every day.

If you follow the stars, Shanghai is surly the right place for you, as many internationally famous singers and bands stage concerts here. Who knows, maybe you will be lucky and catch a wonderful performance by your own particular idol during your stay in the city.

The prosperity of the city's performances is to some extent due to its various quality stages and theaters. The following table lists the cities major venues. You can click the most important ones in bold to know more about the performance sites, including their features and program schedules.

2021 Shanghai Popular Performance

Ballet: Swan Lake
Dance: Rite of Spring
Drama: Grimm’s fairy tales Musical;The Tragedy of Hamlet; Antony & Cleopatra
Concert: My Heart Will Go On; For Alice; National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Performance Site



Shanghai Grand Theater drama, vocal concert, musical concert, music drama, ballet, opera No. 300, People's Avenue, Huangpu District
Shanghai Oriental Art Center drama, concert, opera, ballet No. 425, Dingxiang Road, Pudong New Area
Shanghai Concert Hall symphony, musical concert, vocal concert No. 523, East Yan'an Road, Huangpu District
Shanghai Grand Stage vocal concert No. 1111, North Caoxi Road, Xuhui District
Shanghai Circus World ERA Intersection of Time, Happy Circus No. 2266, Gonghe Xin Road, Zhabei District
Yi Fu Theater Beijing Opera, other Chinese traditional operas No. 701, Fuzhou Road, Huangpu District
Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center drama No. 288, Anfu Road, Xuhui District
Lyceum Theater the living theater, music drama, symphony No 57, South Maoming Road, Huangpu District
Majestic Theater opera, ballet, music and dance No 66, Jiangning Road, Jing'an District
Shanghai Center Theater Acrobatic Show F10, No 1376, West Nanjing Road, Jing'an District
China Grand Theater Beijing Opera F2, No. 704, Niuzhuang Road, Huangpu District
Yuyuan Theater Beijing Opera, Kunqu, Pingtan, traditional Chinese music, dragon & lion dance, acrobatics F4, No. 10, Wenchang Road, Huangpu District
Wanping Theater Chinese opera No. 859, South Zhongshan 2nd Road, Xuhui District
He Luting Concert Hall symphony, chamber music No. 20, Fenyang Road, Xuhui District
Shanghai Stadium vocal concert No 666, Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui District
Hongkou Football Stadium vocal concert No 444, East Jiangwan Road, Hongkou District
Shanghai Art Theater Chinese opera, drama, dance No. 466, Jiangning Road, Jing'an District
Yun Feng Theater acrobatics, drama No. 1700, West Beijing Road, Jing'an District
Children's Art Center of China Welfare dramas and performances for children No. 643, Huashan Road, Jing'an District
- Last modified on Mar. 30, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Performances in Shanghai
Asked by Owain from WALES | Oct. 18, 2019 04:29Reply
I should like to attend a classical music concert in Shanghai on Saturday evening November 2nd.Any ?
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Answered by Pam from MALAYSIA | Oct. 21, 2019 00:12

Sorry, there is no classical music concert on November 2.
Asked by Louise M Marron from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 27, 2019 03:07Reply
I will be in Shanghai 9-11 June 2019 and interested in cultural performances
We enjoy the arts, theater, dance, live music and would be interested in booking tickers for one of the evenings we are there. Any suggestions? It's our second trip to China - we've already seen the Sizhuan opera and acrobatics on our first trip. Thank you, Louise
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Answered by Rose from USA | May. 27, 2019 18:48

Yueju, which originated in Zhejiang, is the local form of opera and is very popular throughout southeast China. You can see Yueju in several theaters in Shanghai as well as many other traditional entertainments like Beijing Opera, the dragon dance and lion dance.
Answered by Louise from UK | May. 29, 2019 04:08

Thank you Rose for this helpful suggestion.
Asked by Penelope from AUSTRALIS | Apr. 04, 2017 01:47Reply
Shanghai Ballet Performances
Are there any ballet performance or any special performances of any kind on during the 20th of April til the 30th of April?
Answers (1)
Answered by Madison from POLAND | Apr. 04, 2017 21:40

Well, according to the lastest information of major popular theaters in the city, there is no bullet performance during that period of time. However, there are several nice concerts at SH Concert Hall, such as Concert by Shengqi He & joohee Lee and Concert by Yang Xiaoyong: How Can't I Think of Her. Hope you like.
Asked by J.KOHNSTAMM from NETHERLANDS | Feb. 23, 2017 17:07Reply
Are there any ballet performances in Shanghai between 5 and 12 April, 2017
Ballet performances?
Answers (1)
Answered by Victoria from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 26, 2017 21:27

You can enjoy the Swan Lake at Shanghai Ballet Theater between April 8 and 12, 2017.
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