Peking Opera at the British Library

Peking opera

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A selection of highlights from popular shows, including the sword dance and final scene from Farewell My Concubine

British Library joins forces with Sinolink Productions to present the world renowned Chinese National Peking Opera Company performing highlights from famous Peking Opera shows.

The performance of selected highlights reveals the beauty of this fascinating traditional art form and demonstrates how the magnificent costumes, dance movement, mime, music and drama combine to create a wonderful piece of theatre art; one of China’s national treasures. 

The first part focuses mainly on movement and mime with the famous fight scene from The Crossroads Inn, a song from the Empty Fort Strategy and the beautiful ribbon dance from the Fairy Sending Blossoms to Earth

The second part is entirely dedicated to ‘Sword Dance and Final Scene’ from a Peking Opera masterpiece Farewell My Concubine, a beautiful and harrowing story of political unrest, love, sacrifice and honour. 

This is an exceptional opportunity to delve into the intriguing art world of Peking Opera and to take a cultural adventure into Chinese traditional artistic heritage from a world-class company.

Book tickets for Understanding Peking Opera and Peking Opera at the British Library in the same transaction and get £2 off.

Chinese National Peking Opera Company 

Director: Zhiguo Tuo 

Zhongyu Dai
Bo Liu
Lei Liu 
Haoqiang Wang 
Jiaqing Wei
Hong Zhu 

Drums: Luyu Wang 
Jinghu: Wei Wei 
Jing Erhu: Yuge Zhao 
Yuegin: Yukun Cui 
San Xian: Xia Gao 
Gongs: Lichuan Wang, Di Zhang 
Large Cymbals: Xuesong Cui 

Costume: Tianwei Fu 
Make-up: Zhibin Ma 
Sound: Ying Qin 

In collaboration with Sinolink Productions

Image: From Farewell My Concubine, courtesy of Sinolink


Name: Peking Opera at the British Library
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Full Price: £22.00
Member: £22.00
Senior 60+: £20.00
Student: £18.00
Registered Unemployed: £18.00
Under 18: £18.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546