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New Ticket(s) Alert: West Side Story, Cirque Du Soleil, and Revel’s World of Shakespeare

By Aug 14, 2017 Stage & Dance
Can you hear the synchronized snapping? West Side Story is hitting the stage this fall, along with Revel’s World of Shakespeare and Cirque Du Soleil’s show KOOZA. Plan ahead and get your tickets, niftily available right now on SmartTicket. There’s one for September, October, snd November—so you know, you can have a super cultured autumn. More details on the shows and tickets after the jump.


Award-winning director, actor and writer Joseph Graves is back in Shanghai with his one-man show, ‘Revel’s World of Shakespeare’. The production is about the writer’s personal relationship with Shakespeare’s work, starting from the time he was introduced to it by his teacher Clive T. Revel at London’s Chelsea School for Boys. Revel, whose name inspired the title of the piece, was a troubled alcoholic, who treated Shakespeare’s work as religion, using couplets as a way to express his own grief. Joseph Graves used this experience years later as inspiration for his acclaimed one-man show. ‘Revel’s World of Shakespeare’ was originally brought to the stage with direction by Tom Whitaker in 2005, this production will be directed by Graves’ former student, Hu Xiaoqing.

Back in Shanghai once more, ‘Revel’s World of Shakespeare’ will be hitting the stage at Shanghai Grand Theatre in September. Written and performed by Joseph Graves, the one-man show is based on his relationship with Shakespeare’s work, starting from the time he was introduced to it through his teacher Clive T. Revel. The show has been touring since 2005 and this time around will be directed by Graves’ former student, Hu Xiaoqing. The show’s stop in Shanghai will last two nights: September 2 and 3. Tickets start at 180rmb and closer seats are available for 260-300rmb. Get your tickets here.

Cirque Du Soleil is coming to town with their show KOOZA. Since its debut in 2007, KOOZA has toured in 18 countries, mixing acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. As always, Cirque Du Soleil grounds the performance in a narrative, this one’s about exploring fear, identity, and power. But more importantly, there will also be body-bending-gravity-defying performances, pretty costumes, and killer set design. Tickets range from 280 to 1,980rmb and the show will run through the month of October. They will set up a tent as a temporary venue for the show. You can find the address here.

Cirque Du Soleil is famous for their body-bending, narrative driven performances. These acrobats and gymnasts are some of the best in the world, so if you’re gonna see a circus show, this is the one to go to (according to The New York Times). Their show KOOZA's been around since 2007 and has been performed to audiences around the world, touring 18 countries in all. The show mixes acrobatics with clowning (the real name of a profession, saddled with unfortunate double-meanings through the years), with pretty costumes and neat set design. KOOZA will run through the month of October from 2-29. Prices range from 280 to 1,980rmb. Tickets here.

This iconic Broadway show has been on the stage since it’s premiere in 1957 and was made into an oscar-winning film just a few years later in 1961. Leonard Bernstein’s world-famous score, featuring songs ‘Maria’, ‘America’, and ‘I Feel Pretty’ has taken on a life of its own, and is in large part why the production is so ingrained in pop culture. Set in the mid-fifties, West Side Story is the tale of two rival gangs on the Upper West Side of New York, and the destruction their feud brings. It’s also a love story, between star-crossed Tony and Maria. This timeless show is coming to Shanghai Culture Square this fall, don’t miss it.

“Maria, I just met a girl named Maria…” Also, “I want to be in America, everything’s free in America…” And, “I feel pretty, oh so pretty!” Brings on some feels doesn’t it? This broadway classic from 1957 is set on the Upper West Side of New York and tells the Shakespearean tale of forbidden love in the midst of a feud between rival gangs; the New York native Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. Sometimes they snap at each other. The show will be playing at Shanghai Culture Square from November 23 to November 29. Tickets run from 200 to 1,000rmb. You can get your tickets here.



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