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Zheng Yici Peking Opera Theatre

architect

 

location

located on a hutong in the Xuanwu District of Beijing

date

1688

style

Qing Dynasty

construction

stone, wood

type

Theatre
 
 
 
 
Zheng Yici Peking Opera Theatre

The Zheng Yici Peking Opera Theatre, located on a hutong in the Xuanwu District of Beijing, is one of the best-known Beijing opera theatres. It is also one of the oldest wooden theatres in China.

History
The theatre was built in 1688, during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor in the Qing Dynasty. It was built on the site of a Buddhist temple. It has a rich history that includes performances by the grandmaster of Peking Opera, Mei Lanfang.

After the Cultural Revolution, the theatre fell into disrepair. However, in 1995 a local businessman sponsored a full restoration. The theatre now continues to perform Beijing Opera. It is considered a living relic and one of Beijing's finest monuments.

As of August 2005, the theatre is temporarily closed for building work.

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