Capital Theatre (北京首都剧场)

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22 Wangfujing Dajie

The performance home of the august Beijing People’s Art Theatre, where director Lin Zhaohua got his start, this is the serious theatre for serious theatregoers. You might see some TNT Shakespeare, Ibsen-related dance, or NT Live screenings, but for the most part this is Chinese classic and contemporary theatre such as Lao She’s Teahouse, or anything by Lin.  The audience, as you might expect, is excellent, mostly silent throughout – it’s many foreign actors’ favourite venue – and the theatre has a lot to recommend it. At the northern end of Wangfujing Street, there’s plenty to do before or after the show, and mercifully it’s not in the taxi no-go zone. The theatre is small but feels large; every seat is a good one, there are no bag or coat restrictions, and the bathrooms are in easy racing distance. The programming is more specialised than most, but the shows are quality. 




Venue name: Capital Theatre (北京首都剧场)
Opening hours: varies
English address: 22 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng district
Chinese address: 东城区王府井大街22号
  • 4 out of 5 stars