We are often asked, if you go to Beijing, which Peking Opera venue should you choose. I have to say, that it is a very difficult question as there are so many well respected theatres out there. All of them are very old, because a new theatre would never survive in such a competitive performing art industry. Therefore you can expect each and every one of them to have a close connection with tradition and often with tradition comes skill.
But it’s good to know that there are many different styles of opera as well as different school of thought. Meaning that each theatre will have it’s unique style of what version or aspect of opera do they want to bring their visitors. So it really comes down to the question, what kind of Opera do you like?
But for those who like to see a truly ancient and famous theatre, that is most popular with Chinese opera fans we recommend The Huguang Guild Hall opera theatre. It is known as the most renowned Peking Opera theatre in Beijing. It was founded in 1807, also making it one of the oldest that are still standing in the city. While the performances are not the most humorous or light hearted. Expect a lot of singing and dancing.. but that being said, these performances are some of the most beautiful and elegant. So if you like western opera, you will most likely love it’s Peking equivalent.
Head on to Xuanwu District in Beijing for your culture dose. See you at the Huguang Guild Hall!