All the world's a stage, eh? But drama's best left to the pro's... Check out these 24 massive stage shows that'll give you that drama fix you need!

We've got Musicals & Cabarets, Comedy, Family, Dance, Theater productions - all good, all huge, and all coming to you!

Put your best foot forward and get to:

MUSICALS & CABARET

Broadway Musical: A Chorus Line

This show brilliantly evokes both the glamor and grind of showbiz and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and more! With its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage, A Chorus Line has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater.


Shanghai Culture Square

January 17 – 27

From ¥380

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Shanghai School of Burlesque Pres. Winter Showcase

Head on over to The Pearl for another night of fun and frolics as the Shanghai School of Burlesque presents their students' "Winter Showcase". Overseen by Lady of the House, Kara LaCroi this showcase shows it all: ranging from classic burlesque to Broadway burlesque and Charleston acts. Come along and enjoy an evening of song, dance, drag and all things Cabaret!


The Pearl

January 27

From ¥100 (Presale)

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The Cabaret Show: Pixie Dolls

Candor's latest production, Pixie Dolls, is inspired by the legendary Parisian cabaret show "Le Crazy Horse de Paris". Come see their exquisite femmes K-ONE, Anna, Kseniya and Stepa, as they tempt you with their intercontinental charm. For the first time in Shanghai, they welcome you to experience their iconic intrigue and glamor.

Candor

January 19

From ¥180 (Presale)

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French Clown Musical: Art Life of a Violinist

Violins have a soul, it is well known. And Christian Têtard, with his twenty years of violin and twelve years of clowning, is a singular artist who intends to show through his character Hans Peter how to master this soul and sound the sonata in all circumstances. Hans Peter, concert performer at the top of his art, is giving a recital. His mission, his quest: to interpret Beethoven! How will a man who has always managed his impulses react to his audience? There’s only one way to find out!


Lyceum Theatre

March 17

From ¥90 (Early Bird)

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CATS: The Musical

One of the longest-running West End and Broadway shows EVER, the ever-thrilling, timeless classic CATS is returning to Shanghai this June! You know these tickets are selling out faster than you can say let the memory live again - so get your paws on yours while you can!


Shanghai Culture Square

June 7 – 16

From ¥480

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COMEDY

Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time Tour

The Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, multi-platinum-selling artist, and father of five, Jim Gaffigan comes to Shangha in March! The King of Clean Comedy is known GLOBALLY for his unique brand of wry humor and caustic observations on life as a dad - get yours while you can as these tickets are selling out and there’s only a few spots left!


Shanghai Centre Theatre

March 15

¥680

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Shazia Mirza Live in Shanghai

Shazia Mirza is a British comic who is fearless, brutal, and beautiful. Having established herself in the UK and toured extensively through Europe and the US, she brings her latest act to Shanghai! Expect a night of laughs, with jokes dry as they come and sharp socio-political sass on Brexit, burkinis & butt plugs...


Cages Bar and Sports

January 25

From ¥120 (Presale)

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Comedy UN Pres. Saturday Showcase

Get ready to laugh with an all-star lineup at the Comedy UN Saturday showcase! The lineup changes each week, this weekend [Jan. 19] features HK International Comedy Festival runner-up, Storm Xu, international headliner Barney Rivera, and a selection of Shanghai's best local comics, like Evan Danger [pictured]. It's a sure fire night of laughter!


Comedy United Nations

Every Saturday

¥70

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Timothé Poissonnet: Dans le Bocal

A l’image de cette société de zapping dans laquelle tout va très vite, s’éclate, et finalement se rejoint, Timothé Poissonnet nous surprend tout au long de son spectacle grâce à son style, unique en son genre: l’humour séquentiel. Il nous livre dans un tourbillon satirique effréné une multitudede tableaux aussi drôles qu’éveillés, et nous embraque instantanément dans un univers décapant, où l’absurde côtoie la réalité. Plongez pour un vraimoment de partage et de rire avec un artiste agité du bocal!


Un Caffe Bar

March 17 & 18

¥190 (Early Bird)

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THEATER
The Three Body Problem II

The second installment of arguably China's best ever sci-fi triology, 'The Three-Body Problem II: Dark Forest' is given a futuristic stage adaptation that will amaze and astound. As well as being a feast for the eyes, the production is in Mandarin - so good practice for the ears, too!


Shanghai Culture Square

April 12 – 21

From ¥380

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NINAGAWA X SHAKESPEARE: Julius Caesar (Screening)

Yukio Ninagawa was a a Japanese theater director, particularly renowned for his Japanese language productions of Shakespeare's plays, as well as Greek tragedies. This screening of his 2012 production of Julius Caesar contains the majesty of Shakespeare's tragedy with a fresh, discerning interpretation. It is a masterpiece reinvigorated!


Huangpu Theatre

January 24 & 29

From ¥120

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TNT Theatre Britain: Romeo & Juliet

This highly stylised version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, will be a feast for your eyes and ears. Taking place in Baroque Italy, the audience will see an aesthetically pleasing mix of violence, dignity, aristocracy, Catholicism, and forbidden love. Along with the iconic lines written by the man himself, this theatrical performancewill be nothing short of rich!


Huangpu Theatre

January 19 & 20

From ¥280

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company: Little Women

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, in this production Chapterhouse Theatre Company is bringing Little Women to life. Following the life of beloved sisters - Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy – as they grow up during the Civil War in America, it is a story full of romance, love, passion, friendship. Featuring glorious period costumes, traditional live music, a story of self-discovery – it’s destined to warm your heart.


Shanghai Grand Theatre Buick Theatre

April 2 – 7

From 120

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The Ju Percussion Group: Mulan

The piece, MuLan, tells the story of Hua Mulan, a legendary Chinese figure who disguised herself as a man to fight in wars in the place of her elderly father and dramatizes her return from the battlefield a decade later. The piece blends elements from Eastern and Western cultures, as well as modern and traditional elements of art. It breaks away from traditional percussion music and Peking opera performances, with percussionists doubling as actors and instruments becoming props. This quite literally is a one of a kind production – Mulan like you’ve never seen her before!


Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Opera Hall

April 19 & 20

From ¥80

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FAMILY

Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig's Celebration

Peppa Pig returns as a life-sized mascot in this brand new live musical show that's more fun than a muddy puddle! Mummy Pig has prepared a special treat which includes new songs, games and surprises, and all of Peppa's friends are invited to join the celebration to celebrate treasured memories with the family! And it’s all in English!


Daguan Theater - Himalayas Center

March 16 – 17

From ¥180

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Magic Piano: Chopin Shorts

This animated film concert with live solo piano introduces the music of Chopin through a set of unique animations. The main feature, Magic Piano tells the story of Anna and Chip-Chip's adventure of discovery aboard a magic, flying piano. This is presented alongside The Chopin Shorts: collections of 2-3 minute films each set to Chopin études. The 3D animation is stunning and perfectly accompanied by the young pianist virtuoso – it’s a treat for kids of all ages!

Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Concert Hall

January 26 & June 1

From ¥180

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Papa's Time Machine (Puppet Show)

As adults, most of us seek ways to show our parents gratitude, but few efforts are as creative, heartfelt, or labour intensive as Papa’s Time Machine. Internationally celebrated visual artist Maleonn Ma pays tribute to his father in an award-winning puppet show, with timeless themes and complex visuals that include four life-sized puppets, each thousands of pieces strong. It's a heartwarming tale, fit for kids of all ages.

1862 Theatre

March 1 & 2

From ¥180

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Children's Ballet of Kiev: Swan Lake

The Children's Ballet of Kiev in Ukraine has more than 100 child performers, and is often invited to collaborate with renowned adult performing groups, including the Bolshoi Ballet. This most famous of fantasy ballets, Swan Lake, with its mystery and romance, is fully lived in this production that really captures the imagination. Don't miss your chance to see them - one night only at the end of January!


Shanghai Centre Theatre

January 26

From ¥180

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Samajam: Kids Show

We all remember those dreary classes at school - forced choir practice anyone? Well this ain't that! Samajam’s unique, different and fun! Every kid receives several musical instruments so they can participate in the show too! They also get to learn through playing interactive video games and making new friends!. Your kids are the stars of the show at this immersive concert!


Hongqiao Art Center

January 26

From ¥180

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DANCE

Ballet Flamenco de Granada: "Carmen"

One of the world’s most frequently performed and popular masterpieces, Bizet's 'Carmen' really needs no introduction. Here, Carmen’s fiery and unrestrained love is brought to life through the ardent steps of Flamenco. Expect a particularly passionate production, unlike any you've seen before!

Shanghai Grand Theatre

February 2

¥400

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Shanghai Ballet: Inspire

Made up of five independent ballet pieces, this gala is the brainchild of three young choreographers from the Shanghai Ballet. Fearless, pure, and passionate, they crafted a production that reflects their understanding and perspective of the world through neoclassical and contemporary ballet in a timely, inspiring dance performance.

Shanghai International Dance Center Experimental Theatre

February 2 & 3

¥80

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Roma City Ballet: Swan Lake    

The Roma City Ballet are among Italy's most revered ballet companies, with the RCB known in particular for its high standard of poise and elegance. Who better then to perform Swan Lake? Tchaikovsky's classic is deservedly known around the world. So, here we have one of the world's top ballets performed by one of the world's top ballet companies, right here in our dear city. What else could you possibly desire? Well, to not miss out on this four night run of exceptional ballet!

Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Opera Hall

January 31 – February 3

From ¥280

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Shanghai Ballet: Hamlet

Shanghai Ballet premiered Ballet Hamlet as a tribute to THE Master, William Shakespeare. The project was funded by China National Arts Fund and Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group Arts Fund. Theatrically, the production itself is well combined the all kinds of ballet expressions, though with a contemporary touch. Shanghai Ballet has evolved and refined with their own interpretation walking along the path of the theatrical giant.


Shanghai International Dance Center Experimental Theatre

January 30 & 31

From ¥80

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Heartbeat of Home

Praised as a “stagethumping success”, this phenomenal Irish dance production is taking the world by storm - and it's now on its way to China! Just as we were captivated by Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home is a spectacular show of impeccably-timed stepping and stomping that'll keep you transfixed. The world-class cast of thirty-seven includes a ten-piece band creating a new and electrifying sound written by award-winning composer Brian Byrne - you'll be dancing in the aisles!

Shanghai Grand Theatre

January 22 – 27

From ¥380

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