Theatre, Music & Concert Venues

Prince Gong’s Residence
Opera is performed occasionally within the theatre of this private historic courtyard and residence.
Beijing Playhouse
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.
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
Mao Live House
Popular venue for Chinese bands and touring alternative acts. At 111 Gulou Dong Dajie, Gulou, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Zhengyici Theatre
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.
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.
China Puppet Theatre
Chinese and bilingual puppet shows for the family performed at weekends. See website for current programme. At 1A Anhua Xili, Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
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
Yugong Yishan
Nightlife venue which hosts international and local artistes as well as DJ parties. Open subject to concert times. At 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Liyuan Theatre
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.
2 Kolegas
Hip rock bar open daily from 21:00 until late. At 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, in the drive-in movie theatre 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.
Lao She Cha Guan
Beijing snacks and Chinese teas are served during performances of acrobatic shows, opera and traditional Chinese arts. At Qianmen West Street, Xicheng, 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.
Beijing Chaoyang Theater
Theatre for acrobatic shows for children and adults. Shows daily at 19:30 (additional shows also available). At 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Century Theatre
Theatre which stages larger-scale opera, modern drama, musicals and ballet performances. At 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, 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.
Beijing Concert Hall
Venue for classical concerts with visits from renowned international orchestras. At 1 North Xinhua Street Xicheng, 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.
Huguang Guild Hall Opera House
Renowned Beijing opera house built in 1807. Performances at 19:15. Discount tickets available. Online booking service.
CD Jazz Cafe
Renowned jazz club which regularly hosts international artists. Also swing dance classes for beginners and intermediate levels. At South of the Agricultural Exhibition Hall main gate, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Changan Grand Theater
Theatre which specialises in Beijing opera performances. See website for current programme. At 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing.