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Shanghai Wanping Theater is Getting a New Lease of Life

It is being refurbished and modernized to help the growth of traditional Chinese theater and enhance Shanghai`s reputation at home and abroad as a cultural center. The Wanping Theater will bring new vitality to the market of traditional Chinese operas.

It will help develop and rejuvenate traditional Chinese operas through performance, artistic inheritance, education and cultural exchange. Wanping Theater will attract traditional opera troupes from all over the country to perform and exchange with local artists.

Although the theater was already a venue for cinema, performance and community arts, its stage was unable to deal with modern large-scale performances. The revamped theater will be able to display major productions and address the city`s lack of venues for traditional Chinese opera.

The new theater will cover 29,000 square meters, with an exterior shaped like an exquisitely carved jade sculpture and an interior inspired by traditional Chinese gardens.

The five-story theater will be configured to accommodate 1,000 seats for spectaculars and 300 seats for smaller productions. Sound effects can be adjusted to suit varied genres of operas.

The new theater will have multiple functions for performance, artistic inheritance, education and cultural exchange. It will also have enough space to stage large theatrical exhibitions, rehearsals, academic workshops and training.

News source:Shanghai Daily

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