Cháng’ān Grand Theatre

Peking Opera in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

This large theatre, with its distinctive model of a Peking-opera mask standing outside, offers a genuine experience, with the erudite audience chatting away knowledgably among themselves during the daily performances of Peking-opera classics – this is a place for connoisseurs, although there are usually English captions on a screen to one side of the stage.

Matinées, when they have them, usually start at 2pm; evening shows at 7.30pm. Most shows last for around two hours. Buy tickets in person from the ticket office here. Shows rarely sell out, but the cheaper seats often do. Note, there are sometimes days, between a change of shows, when there are no performances.