Situated in Beijing Qianmen Hotel, Liyuan Theatre is the most prestigious performance venue of Beijing Opera. From the traditional performance stage, the Baixian Table (old fashioned square table to seat eight people) to the unique facial make-up, everything in the theater reflects the special feature of old Beijing. The theater has 1000 seats and is equipped with simultaneous translation equipment for English and Japanese. the theater also provides English subtitles for foreign visitors.
Before the beginning of the performance, you can enjoy the performers’ make-up on the stage and see their make-up process. besides, you can buy various souvenirs related to Beijing Opera here. Waiters and waitress in Tang suits (traditional Chinese garments) will pour tea for you through long-mouth tea pot while introduce Beijing Opera in English. your understanding of old Beijing will become an agreeable artistic enjoyment. Among those foreign leaders and officials who visited Beijing, many have left their footprints in this theater.
Each year over 300 thousands visitors will come here to enjoy the brilliant Beijing opera. Liyuan Theater has become a window of Beijing and a bridge between Beijing and the world. The performance time is 7:30 PM ,every day. Before and after the performance, you may go to the Chinese Restaurant and enjoy Chinese delicacy, especially the famous Beijing Roast Duck.
Every night perform two story
Death of Yu Ji
Warring leaders Liu Bang and Xiang Yu agreed to a truce and drew a demarcation line at Honggou. Liu’s generl feigned surrender to Xiang and then successfully lured Xiang and his troops into an ambush. Xiang and his troops were surrounded and couldn’t break through. When his soldiers heard their folk songs sung from the enemy, they took it for granted that their fellow soldiers had given up fighting. and their morale went down. Xiang realized that the fight was lost and indulged in his drinks in despair. He bid fatewell to his lover, Yu Ji, who danced her last dance before killing herself with a sword. Though Xiang broke through the tight encirclement and got lost, he felt ashamed of seeing his countrymen and killed himself by cutting his throat by the side of Wu River.
Jiao Zan, a senior officer of the Song Dynasty, was exiled under guard to Shamen Island, for killing a treacherous court official. Marshal Yang ordered Ren Tanghui to protect Jiao in secret. Ren and Jiao spent the night at the Crossroad Inn. Innkeeper Liu Lihua believed that Ren intended to murder Jiao,so he stole into Ren’s room and fought with him in the dark. Only when the innkeeper’s wife came in with a candle did the three realize the misunderstanding.