Long queue for cheap seats is just the ticket

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Zhang Qian

A HUGE line formed at the Shang­hai Ma­jes­tic Theatre yes­ter­day morn­ing as 14,000 cut-price tick­ets for the 20th China Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val went on sale.

Ac­cord­ing to the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, the most pop­u­lar pro­grams in­clude New York City Bal­let’s “All Balan­chine,” Chi­nese chore­og­ra­pher Yang Lip­ing’s “Rite of Spring,” a con­cert by Ric­cardo Chailly and Luceume Fes­ti­val Or­ches­tra, Or­ches­tra Na­tional de France, Shaox­ing Bai­hua Yue Opera Troupe’s “Wang Yang­ming,” Chi­nese drama “Trea­sure the Trea­sures,” and Cuban Na­tional Bal­let’s “Don Quixote.”

Wang Fuqing, in his 50s, was at the front of the line and suc­cess­fully grabbed tick­ets for opera “Tosca,” con­cert “Beethoven Sym­phony No. 9” and a Chi­nese folk song con­cert by Lei Jia — his to­tal spend was just 320 yuan (US$46).

As a long-time fan of the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val, Wang and his friend started wait­ing in turns at the Shang­hai Ma­jes­tic Theatre from 10am on Wed­nes­day.

Wang Zongli, a man in his 20s, is a drama fan who took a day off work to se­cure tick­ets. “The Tea House” by Sichuan Peo­ple Art Theater was top of his list.

The tick­ets will re­main on sale at 19 dis­tri­bu­tion points through­out the city be­tween Oc­to­ber 12 and 16. From Oc­to­ber 17 to Novem­ber 17, they will only be sold at Shang­hai Ma­jes­tic Theatre.

These cut-price tick­ets cover all pro­grams in the fes­ti­val, with the low­est priced at just 20 yuan. Cus­tomers can pur­chase two tick­ets for a sin­gle per­for­mance, with six tick­ets in to­tal be­ing the limit. They can pay ei­ther with cash or by Ali­pay, ac­com­pa­nied by an ID card.

Res­i­dents form a long line at the Ma­jes­tic Theatre for cut-price shows at the China Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val. Be­low: A suc­cess­ful theater goer. — Cai Qing

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