As an early-in-the-week edition of our ongoing Threesday feature, Shanghaiist takes the time to count out three of….well, whatever catches our fancy that week. And what we’re hankering after are tickets to these top-notch productions onstage, one of which has its final show tonight!
1. Blithe Spirit‘s curtain falls today, September 29.
In this black comedy about marital skeletons getting all shaken up, a couple has to deal with the ghost of the first wife coming back out of nowhere. Judging by Cityweekend’s,, Enjoy Shanghai’s, Shanghai Talk’s and That’s Shanghai’s reviews, you won’t want to miss this.
The audience can look forward to “a change from the norm in Shanghai” with a “relaxed, pleasant, and communal” night. This play penned by British playwright Noel Coward boasts a cast of talented actors, including Chinatown regulars Charles Mayer and Jenevieve Chang. Director Philip Knight was behind Shanghai Repertory Theatre’s critically acclaimed King Lear and East West Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
This will be the second Noel Coward piece onstage in 2010, following Shanghai Repertory Theatre’s Private Lives. To catch it before it ends, send them an email at [email protected] or call them at 6258- 2078. Tickets cost 150RMB and include a martini.
2. The 12th China Shanghai International Arts Festival from Sept. 29 to 30
Of the multitude of things to see at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, The Ark is probably the most promising. It will be on stage today and tomorrow. L’Arsenal à Musique , a Canadian import, will be putting on this multimedia performance that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and special effects. The focus of the piece is on the message. It’s intended to reflect the real state of the environment as an entire species teeters on the brink of extinction.
The inside word? Your mind will be blown away by the cutting edge technology, gravity-defying acrobatics, and jaw-dropping set design. You’ll leave the theater with a better idea of what to do to make a difference. Sounds like some powerful theater to us.
Get your tickets at Culture Shanghai or call 6217-2426. Tickets are 100-800RMB. If you want to choose the seats most suitable for your income – get a move on it!
3. St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet on October 2
If you want something more uplifting, St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet is ready to serve up a slice of magic this October 2nd. Having presented over 7000 performances internationally, their world tour brings them to Shanghai to perform the Swan Lake in their innovative way of combining clasical ballet with ice-skating. Brace yourself for a classical ballet with magnificent costumes and breathtaking choreography accompanied by the familiar music of Tchaikovsky. Watch the theater transform into a skating paradise. Tickets range from 100-380RMB. Get them at Culture Shanghai.
For other events to fill up your calendar with, feel free to peruse our Shanghaiist calendar – compiled with the best events in Shanghai. Or you could check out our Pencil This In and Midweek Music Preview features to see what our picks are!