Add:300 People's Ave, near Huangpi Rd N.
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Shanghai Grand Theater, at the intersection of People’s Avenue and Huangpi Road N., looks from afar like a crystal palace with its white, arc-shaped roof, and perfectly combines architecture with art.
The 10-story theater was designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier, who came to China in the early 1980s and completed many famous projects, such as Pudong’s Century Avenue and Century Park.
Shanghai Grand Theater enjoys a high reputation at home and abroad, and many well-known orchestras and musicians have performed there, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, cellist Mischa Maisky, conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Opened to the public in 1998, Shanghai Grand Theater regularly hosts operas, ballets, symphonies, musicals, dramas and chamber music concerts. It has three theaters: Lyric Theater, Drama Theater and Studio Theater.
The Lyric Theater, which has 1,800 seats, is used mainly for ballets, musicals and symphonies. It consists of a main stage, a rear stage and left and right wings. All these stages can be transformed, raised, lowered and rotated. The theater is also renowned for its acoustics and lighting equipment.
The Drama Theater, which has 600 seats, is used mainly for chamber music. The Studio Theater, with 200 seats, is mainly for performances of opera and musical dramas. The theater also has a cafe, which is near the box office. A breakfast sandwich and a coffee costs just 25 yuan (US$3.67) and customers have the added attraction of WiFi.
In addition, a shopping center for audio products, called Shanghai Today Audio Square, stands next to the cafe, and a banquet hall named Sky Ballroom is on the eighth floor of the theater.
You can have a panoramic view of the hustle and bustle of city life from there. The business hours of the banquet hall are from 11am to 9:30pm, and a meal there costs from 100 yuan to 200 yuan per person.
Make sure you get there on time. Late arrivals are asked to wait outside the theater and enter during the intervals.
Don't buy tickets from ticket scalpers.