Thu
23

    • It's wedding drammmmaaaaaa as Strictly Designers does a new play by the writer of American Beauty, True Blood, and Six Feet Under. "Five reluctant bridesmaids from different walks of life are brought together at an extravagant wedding, but the only thing they seem to have in common is…they can’t stand the bride!" Shows at 8pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, plus a 5pm matinée at 5pm. Tickets are 150rmb in advance or 180rmb at the door.
      Strictly Designers United 55 Fuxing dong Lu, near Zhongshan nan Lu

    It's wedding drammmmaaaaaa as Strictly Designers does a new play by the writer of American Beauty, True Blood, and Six Feet Under. "Five reluctant bridesmaids from different walks of life are brought together at an extravagant wedding, but...
    Strictly Designers United


Sun
26

    • Danish vocal pop / a cappella group Basix returns to Shanghai for a night at the QSW. They've been together since 1999, winning five CARA awards -- including "Best European Album" -- touring the world, and and releasing five albums of pop, jazz, r&b, soul, and rock. One night only. Tickets start at 150rmb, delivered to your door. Tickets will be available soon.
      QSW Culture Centre 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu
    Danish vocal pop / a cappella group Basix returns to Shanghai for a night at the QSW. They've been together since 1999, winning five CARA awards -- including "Best European Album" -- touring the world, and and releasing five albums of pop,...
    QSW Culture Centre

Thu
30

    • JZ's annual spring festival in Jing'an returns, with music in the park, in the street, and in Shanghai Centre for a few of the biggest shows, featuring guitarist Lawrence Ku, jazz vocalist Tina May, and The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Octet. The shows in the park and outside are free, and tickets for these special performances at Shanghai Centre are start from 80rmb, delivered to your door. The schedule is as follows: April 30, 8pm: The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Octet, led by Jeremy Monteiro May 1, 8pm: Tina May, with a full backing band of JZ artists May 2, 8pm: Lawrence Ku, with a backing band and vocals by Coco Zhao Apr 30/May 1-2. Tickets available soon.
      Shanghai Center Theatre 1/F, Shanghai Center, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
    JZ's annual spring festival in Jing'an returns, with music in the park, in the street, and in Shanghai Centre for a few of the biggest shows, featuring guitarist Lawrence Ku, jazz vocalist Tina May, and The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power...
    Shanghai Center Theatre
 
    • Huge show for metal fans, as Grammy-nominated metalcore pioneers Killswitch Engage finally make their China debut. They've dominated the metalcore genre since their breakthrough 2002 album, and toured with Slayer, Mastodon, and My Chemical Romance, and more heavyweights. Support from Swiss melodic death metal band Dreamshade. Expect a lot of local heshers throwing up the devil horns for this one. Show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are available for 360rmb on SmartTicket.
      MAO Livehouse 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu
    Huge show for metal fans, as Grammy-nominated metalcore pioneers Killswitch Engage finally make their China debut. They've dominated the metalcore genre since their breakthrough 2002 album, and toured with Slayer, Mastodon, and My Chemical...
    MAO Livehouse

May
01

    • This family-friendly play from Spain teaches kids about communication, how we interact with others, and how we convey our dreams. No words in this one – just gestures, shapes, painting, and a magical piece of paper. This warm and touching show is suitable for kids age five and up. Tickets start at 180rmb, delivered to your door. Show starts at 10:30am or 2:30pm. Tickets are available for 180rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Children's Art Theatre 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu
    This family-friendly play from Spain teaches kids about communication, how we interact with others, and how we convey our dreams. No words in this one – just gestures, shapes, painting, and a magical piece of paper. This warm and...
    Shanghai Children's Art Theatre

May
02

  • You've probably seen the film -- here comes the underground theater adaptation by Urban Aphrodite in warehouse club Arkham. Expect an intense performance unlike anything you've seen in Shanghai, with lots of audience participation. Shows...
    Arkham

 
    • You've probably seen the classic film -- here comes the underground theater adaptation by Urban Aphrodite in warehouse club Arkham. Expect an intense performance unlike anything you've seen in Shanghai, with lots of audience participation. This one stars Starring Seb Martin, Aaron Garcia, Archibald McColl IV, Brian Damgaard, and Awesta Zarif, and is directed by New Zealander Tim College, who adapted the story for the stage. Pre-sale tickets are 200rmb, delivered to your door. Show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are available for 200rmb on SmartTicket.
      Arkham 1 Wulumuqi Lu, near Hengshan Lu
    You've probably seen the classic film -- here comes the underground theater adaptation by Urban Aphrodite in warehouse club Arkham. Expect an intense performance unlike anything you've seen in Shanghai, with lots of audience participation....
    Arkham

May
07

    • For four nights only, Apphia Campbell brings back her hit self-written one-woman play Black Is The Color Of My Voice, a musical inspired by Nina Simone. This one sold out last year and brought Apphia to the Edinburgh Festival, where she also sold out shows and got rave reviews. The Times said "…Top honours belong to Campbell’s quietly moving portrayal of determination and survival". Apphia is moving to the UK to pursue theater after this farewell performance, so this is your last chance to catch this show for a while. Show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are available for 200rmb on SmartTicket.
      On Stage A2, Lane 570, Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu
    For four nights only, Apphia Campbell brings back her hit self-written one-woman play Black Is The Color Of My Voice, a musical inspired by Nina Simone. This one sold out last year and brought Apphia to the Edinburgh Festival, where she...
    On Stage

May
08

    • Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano vocalist Joyce DiDonato takes to the stage with violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky and baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro at the Shanghai Grand Theatre for an evening of royal arias from the 17th and 18th centuries from legendary composers like Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Giacomelli, Vivaldi, and more. Tickets price start from 160rmb. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets start at 160rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Grand Theatre 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano vocalist Joyce DiDonato takes to the stage with violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky and baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro at the Shanghai Grand Theatre for an evening of royal arias from the 17th and 18th centuries...
    Shanghai Grand Theatre


May
17

    • Monaco's premier orchestra comes to Shanghai for a night of Rossini, Ravel, Rossini, and Beethoven, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Founded in 1856, their history includes conductors like Richard Strauss, Sir George Solti, and many more. Now they are led by Italian conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti, one of the modern era's most prestigious conductors. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd

    Monaco's premier orchestra comes to Shanghai for a night of Rossini, Ravel, Rossini, and Beethoven, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Founded in 1856, their history includes conductors like Richard Strauss, Sir George Solti, and many...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center


May
23

    • A warm, neon adaptation of two of the world's most classic fairy tales: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare. Expect electroluminescent ducks and glowing animals in this show that's suitable for ages five and up. The production has been on tour in the US since 2012, and is now making its way to Shanghai for two days only. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket. Shows start at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on the 23rd, and 10.30am and 2.30pm on the 24th.
      Shanghai Children's Art Theatre 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu

    A warm, neon adaptation of two of the world's most classic fairy tales: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare. Expect electroluminescent ducks and glowing animals in this show that's suitable for ages five and up. The production...
    Shanghai Children's Art Theatre


May
28

    • The award-winning theater adaptation of the hit 1990 film Ghost comes to Shanghai for the first time. The play tells the story of two young lovers in NYC. When one is murdered, he gets stuck between the real world and the after-life. The play debuted in Manchester in 2011 and went on to appear on Broadway and in several countries. Shows nightly at 7.15pm with a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets start at 400rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu

    The award-winning theater adaptation of the hit 1990 film Ghost comes to Shanghai for the first time. The play tells the story of two young lovers in NYC. When one is murdered, he gets stuck between the real world and the after-life. The...
    Shanghai Culture Square


Jun
13

    • Classical music performed with humor and a big collection of woodwind instruments. The UK's Classic Buskers' are about to showcase a wide variety of music that ranges from Mozart all the way to South American folk music. Could be a good concert for the whole family. Two shows only, with an evening performance on Saturday followed by a matinee on Sunday. Tickets start at 180rmb on SmartTicket, delivered to your door. Show starts at 7.30pm on the 13th and 2.30pm on the 14th.
      Shanghai Children's Art Theatre 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu

    Classical music performed with humor and a big collection of woodwind instruments. The UK's Classic Buskers' are about to showcase a wide variety of music that ranges from Mozart all the way to South American folk music. Could be a good...
    Shanghai Children's Art Theatre


Jun
19

    • U-Theatre presents a new performance show that blends light, substance, and the void to bring the audience and performers into a "universe of time and space". Expect lots of dancers and drummers. The Times called this show "A synthesis of theatre, percussion, martial arts, and meditation". Show starts at 7:15. Tickets are available for 150rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Culture Square 225 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
    U-Theatre presents a new performance show that blends light, substance, and the void to bring the audience and performers into a "universe of time and space". Expect lots of dancers and drummers. The Times called this show "A synthesis of...
    Shanghai Culture Square

On
going

    • They say you haven't been to Shanghai unless you've seen the acrobats. A multi-million dollar show, "ERA: The Intersection of Time" is Shanghai's most popular acrobatic show, featuring the gamut of traditional and contemporary Chinese acrobatics from aerial walking, bowl balancing, and trampoline shows to high flying trapeze acts and motorcycle cage stunts. Thematically, ERA takes the combination of China's past and future as its starting point, offering a window into traditional Chinese acrobatics performed according to a modern, contemporary aesthetic. The performance runs daily from 7:30pm and tickets start at 200rmb on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Circus World 2266 Gonghe Xin Lu, near Guangzhong Lu

    They say you haven't been to Shanghai unless you've seen the acrobats. A multi-million dollar show, "ERA: The Intersection of Time" is Shanghai's most popular acrobatic show, featuring the gamut of traditional and contemporary Chinese...
    Daily until Dec 31 at Shanghai Circus World




May 16-17

Shanghai Comic Convention

The first ever Shanghai Comic Con arrives this May, organized by the same people who made the New York Comic Con, Bookcon, and the Star Wars Celebration Fan Festival. Expect comic book artists, actors, and a lot of cos-players.

May 1-3

2015 KIA World Extreme Games

Shanghai's biggest annual extreme sports event, The 2015 KIA World Extreme Games, returns for their 9th round. This is the most prestigious multi-event, action sports competition in Asia, featuring nearly 200 of the best action athletes from almost 3

May 28-Jun 14

Ghost The Musical

The award-winning theatre adaptation of the hit 1990 film Ghost comes to Shanghai for the first time. The play tells the story of two young lovers in NYC. When one is murdered, he gets stuck between the real world and the after-life...


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