French Architect Paul Andreu's 40,000 sqm blossoming five-petal flower constructed from glass, wood and steel is a new Pudong landmark for concerts and classical performances. Each petal marks a separate space: entrance hall, performance hall, concert hall,... Read more
It certainly is Grand. This has been the modern hub for Shanghai's premier performance acts including ballet, drama and classical music since it opened in 1988, and it really embraces its prime location in the midst of People's Square. The Grand Theater is probably... Read more
Shanghai Center Theater is home to one of they city's biggest tourist attractions, the acrobat show, which goes on almost every evening. Despite its excellence, the show is rarely sold out and tickets can be purchased at the concierge downstairs. The venue itself is... Read more
The Dramatics Art Center hosts the better English-language productions in Shanghai, including one or two works by the Bard each year. Tucked way away down small Anfu Lu it's an unexpectedly robust structure with an impressive theater. Read more
Lyceum theater is just steeped in history. Built in the 1930s Shanghai boom days, it was once an amateur dramatics society. In more recent, calmer times Lyceum screens a combination of terrible blockbusters and critic worthy "films." It's also a satellite for the... Read more
The Ke Center serves as the official venue for local theater group Shanghai Repertory Theater (SRT). Several times a year, SRT stage various English-language productions, from Shakespearean classics, to modernist comedies of manners, to absurdist provocation. Click... Read more
Charming old theater hidden on Beijing Xi Lu, right in central Jing'an that does mostly Chinese-language productions. They did some renovation in 2014, ahead of the Shanghai Bund production.... Read more
This historic theater way up in Hongkou was once a temple, then it was Chinatown, now it's available for events and the odd piece of theater. It's a really beautiful old space with a gallery and boxes. It's got a real feeling of history in the wood, but the... Read more
This is a huge government-backed music and arts center. It hosts musical and stage performances from classical to rock, plus has dance studios and areas for kids to learn about music. There are also a number of recording studios on site, with the whole package aimed... Read more
Developed by Zendai Group and designed by renowned architect Arata Isozaki, the Himalayas Center houses the Zendai Musuem and art space as well as the Jumeriah Hotel. Read more
The historic art deco Theatre was built in 1941 and is one of Shanghai's oldest and most ornate theatres. It has a capacity of 1640 seats. Opera in Chinese is occasionally performed by local and touring groups, and the theatre is worth attending just for the... Read more
Formerly the QSW Culture Center, the Bandai Namco Dream Hall is a huge live music venue with one of the best sound systems in Shanghai. It contains two separate venues. Q.Hall is the larger, and has room for 1500 people on two levels, or 600 people at a seated... Read more
This French language school and community hub hosts semi-regular film nights of classic and contemporary French cinema. For more info and programs, go to www.afshanghai.org. Read more
Four floors of ICH -- intangible cultural heritage scattered around the venue. Showcasing historical objects from not just Shanghai, but around China. It also has a big stage in the center, a few stages/ theaters on each floor. Events such as traditional opera,... Read more
Shanghai Children's Theatre is currently the city's only professional-level stage designated for children's drama performances. It can seat 1,088 audience members and has the kind of fancy equipment found in other contemporary theaters in town: a vertically... Read more
Another classic theater on Huaihai Lu, built in 1930 (used to be called the Huangjin Da Xiyuan). If you've got money to burn and wanna entertain friends, they've got two private VIP rooms where you can watch any movie you want, or even sing KTV. If you're paying... Read more
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