China National Peking Opera CompanyDuration 2h30

Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, United Kingdom, EC1R 4TN

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This October China's National Peking Opera Company returns to Sadler’s Wells with two new interpretations true to its rich and unique art form.

The two performances showcase the broad range of talent of the company’s talented and highly experienced leads, Yu Kuizhi and Li Shengsu, while the magnificent costumes and artful combination of dance, mime, music and acrobatics provide a source of wonder for audiences of all ages.

A River All Red tells the story of one of China’s most celebrated generals, Yue Fei, who remained loyal to his commanders in the face of bitter betrayal. Combining song, dance, and awesome acrobatic performances, the opera tells the highly polished story of Yue Fei’s life and struggles.

China National Peking Opera Company

In contrast, The Phoenix Returns Home is a romantic farce first performed in 1929 and is one of the most popular works performed by the Chinese National Peking Opera Company. Mistaken identity ensures the path of true love never runs smoothly in a delightful and hilarious comedy.

China National Peking Opera Company

This is the first time these particular operas will be performed in Europe by the China National Peking Opera Company, and is an exciting opportunity to be immersed in the intriguing art of Peking Opera and take a cultural adventure into Chinese traditional artistic heritage from a world-class company.

Cast & Creatives

Yu Kuizhi, Li Shengsu
China National Peking Opera Company & Sinolink Productions

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, United Kingdom, EC1R 4TN
020 7863 8000
Official site
Nearest tube
Angel (250m)
Nearest bus
19, 38, 341, 171a (Bus stop outside theatre) Sadler’s Wells Express Bus to Farringdon, Waterloo and Victoria stations only leaves 8 mins after each evening performance.

Car Park behind theatre – free space for disabled patrons – please book in advance.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 020 7863 8000 / Minicom: 020 7863 8105 / Fax 020 7863 8199 / Web: (information only) Email:
Discounts available for all disabled theatregoers who join the Access For All scheme. For more information call or write using the above details or email
Limited mobility
Rows J and K in the Stalls and aisle seats have the most leg room.
Access description
No steps through entrance on Rosebery Avenue into foyer through automatic doors. Textured flooring to Box Office straight ahead with lowered counters and induction loop. Information monitors above Box Office. Steps have handrails and highlights. Lifts to all levels on right hand side of foyer, or 42 steps to 1st Circle, 63 to 2nd Circle. Signage raised and repeated at wheelchair accessible height. Voice announcements, Braille signage and monitor in lifts.
Hearing impaired
Infra-red system with 15 headsets - please book. Avoid back of Stalls. Collect headsets from shop. Deposit required.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs allowed into auditorium (aisle seats are best) and staff available to dog-sit.
15 spaces for wheelchair users in rows J-K of Stalls and in Stalls side gallery. 6 spaces at 1st Circle - take the lift from the foyer (to right of entrance). Companions can sit next to you or nearby depending on how many of the spaces have been booked.
Men and women’s on 1st Circle and 2nd Circle levels, men’s in basement and women’s on mezzanine. Some toilets have large cubicles with grip rails.
Disabled toilets
5 adapted toilets by right-hand entrance to Stalls, by lifts to 1st Circle and 2nd Circle, at basement and mezzanine levels.
Bars at Stalls, 1st Circle and 2nd Circle levels all have moveable seats and tables and accessible counters.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens