Beijing Poly Theater
Designed by the well-known British TT International Stage Designing Company Ltd., the Beijing Poly Theater has first-class facilities and management service in China. The Theater can host performances of ballet, opera and concert as well as large-scale international conferences and film shows. The Ministry of Culture graded it as a Type A theater in 1998.
Located in the Beijing Poly Plaza, the theater began holding international artistic events in 1991. Since then, more than 3,000 musical, dance and drama numbers have been performed by 300 local and international artistic groups at the Poly Theater. It is a major venue for many important arts activities, such as the annual Beijing Music Festival. With years of success, the theater has grown into more than just a venue for performances: Today it is an influential cultural hub. All Poly Theater performances are strictly selected to bring audiences the highest possible quality to cater to their refined tastes.
To promote development and enhance cultural exchanges, the theater launched renovations in December 1999, which were completed in October 2000. The theater now consists of 1,428 seats, eight balcony boxes and two VIP boxes. Both the audio and lighting systems have adopted the world"s top facilities, enabling the theater to meet the various needs of different artistic companies. The stage house machinery system is now computer operated and the main stage is electrically operated, consisting of six pieces of double-leveled, three-dimensional and moveable stages. The rear stage, for example, consists of a revolving rostrum. The setting at Poly Theater are unique, with manually and electrically operated pipes. In addition, the audio effects within the theater are first-class, and perfect for operas, symphonic concerts, ballets, musicals and other performances.
Based on its healthy financial situation, technical condition and professional management, the Poly Theater is famed for its first-class service and top-notch performances. Its training and quality-control departments also ensure efficiency and high quality service.
Renowned artistic companies from the Arena di Verona in Italy, Theater Wielki of the National Opera in Warsaw, Poland, Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, China Central Symphony Orchestra, China Central Opera Theater, China Central Ballet, etc, have brought operas like Massenet"s Werther, Veridi"s La Traviata, Tosca and Nabbuco, and ballets such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker (Chinese version) and Raise the Red Lantern to the Poly Theater.
World-famous conductors like Christopher Penderecki, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, Michel Plasson, Long Yu, Lan Shui, Lu Jia and Tang Muhai; cellists Julian Lloyd Weber, Mischa Maisky, Jian Wang; violinists Maxim Vengarov, Lakatos and Zhaoliang Lin; pianists Martha Argerich, Fu Cong,Li Yundi, Chen Sa and Lang Lang; and sopranos Cheryl Studer, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Hendricks have all performed at the theater.
The Poly Theater has also featured original modern dances such as "Wild Zebra," "Tibetan Antelope," and the drama "The Capper."
It has hosted many grand events such as International Jazz Week, National Yinghuang Cup Singers Contest, 97 Hong Kong Return Party, Spring Festival Party sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and CCTV and Beijing International Film Week.