The best stage shows in Beijing this January

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

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 January.

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.

Julien Brocal

Critics' pick

Brocal began learning piano at the age of five and first performed on stage at the Salle Cortot (Paris) at the ripe old age of seven. In 2013 he began working with Maria João Pires and since then has performed around the world, before recording his first solo album in 2017. See him here in Beijing this new year for a recital of favourites from Ravel and Chopin.

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

NCPA: La Traviata

Critics' pick

The NCPA presents Verdi’s classic about the honourable courtesan who sacrifices happiness for love. Set in nineteenth-century Paris, the story follows the courtesan Violetta who soon meets and falls in love with a young man named Alfredo. Leaving Paris' luxurious social circles, she soon must contend with Alfredo's father and his demands that she leave his son for the sake of the family's reputation.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 22-26 Jan Buy tickets

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Critics' pick

Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are celebrated both together and apart, and this is one of the few non-'greatest hits' programmes this season. Programme includes Brahms' Symphonies No. 1 and 2 (Jan 25) and Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov (Jan 26).

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 25-26 Jan Buy tickets

Richard Clayderman

Critics' pick

Richard Clayderman is a French pianist who has released numerous albums including the compositions of Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint, instrumental renditions of popular music, rearrangements of movie soundtracks, and easy-listening arrangements of popular works of classical music.

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Great Hall of the People (人民大会堂) , Tiananmen Square 26 Jan Buy tickets

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