Theatre, Music & Concert Venues
Chaoyang Cultural Centre
Multimedia arts centre: over 500 performances, exhibitions and films anually. Includes Nine Theatre, Chaoyang Art Showing Hall, Phoenix Theatre, and Puppet Museum. Music, dance, painting, calligraphy lessons. At Chaoyangmenwai, Chaoyang district, Beijing
Authentic Beijing opera performed in a former temple wooden theatre. Performances at 19:30. Food served. At 220 Xiheyan Dajie, Xuanwu District, Beijing.
China Science and Technology Museum
Huge museum with five themed exhibition halls, interactive science exhibitions, a science playground and a 3-D cinema. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-16:30. At 5 Beichen Donglu (east of south gate of Olympic Forest Park), Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Old What Bar
Music lovers bar with live gigs and WiFi access. Open Monday to Thursday from 15:00-24:00 and Friday to Saturday from 15:00-02:00. At 72 Bei Changan Jie, (west gate of Forbidden City, opposite 161 Middle School), Dongcheng District, Beijing
Prince Gong’s Residence
Opera is performed occasionally within the theatre of this private historic courtyard and residence.
Changan Grand Theater
Theatre which specialises in Beijing opera performances. See website for current programme. At 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Central Ethnic Orchestra Concert Hall
500-seat concert hall which hosts concerts, dance, acrobatics, opera and theatrical performances. At the Olympic Village, 15 Xiaoying Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Chinese National Theatre for Children
Four storey theatre which presents plays and musicals in Chinese specifically for children. Has an adjoining theatre which offers acting, recitation and dance classes for children. At 64 Donganmen Dajie, west of Wangfujing, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Theatre with Beijing Opera abbreviated performances popular with foreigners. Screens above the stage translate the dialogue into English. Located within the Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, 175 Yongan Lu, Beijing.
Beijing Exhibition Theatre
Russian-style building established 1954 with 500 seat cinema and 2,700 bi-level ampitheatre which show movies, live productions, events and seminars. At 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing.
Seven Color Light Childrens Theater
Also known as Qiseguang Childrens Theater, primarily hosts performances for children. At 14A, Ju’er Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
English community theatre with productions performed in English with Chinese subtitles. New members always welcome. At Balizhuang 100025 Chaoyang 5 Houbalizhuang, Yew Chung Intl School, East gate of Honglingjin Park, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
East Shore Live Jazz Cafe
Authentic jazz with live artistes from Thursday to Sunday. Open daily from 11:00-02:00. At 2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyan Lu, Houhai District, Beijing.