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Shanghai Opera Company


An award-winning modern opera about family, society and corruption.

Thunderstorm is an award-winning modern opera about family, society and corruption in Old Shanghai. Zhou Puyuan is the head of a wealthy, successful and seemingly happy Shanghai household. But a storm is gathering… for behind this veneer of respectability lies a web of intrigue, and a dark family secret. As corruption is exposed and his family disintegrates, Zhou is confronted with a changing society and the emergence of a new China.

Based on the acclaimed play by Cao Yu, and set to music by legendary composer Mo Fan, this lavish production of Thunderstorm is a beautiful evocation of the atmosphere of Old Shanghai and not to be missed.

These performances are part of the Shanghai Season at the London Coliseum, a unique collaboration between Shanghai Opera and Shanghai Ballet companies. Find out more on Shanghai Ballet’s Echoes of Eternity, 17 – 21 August.

Production Supported by MG Motor UK.

Running Time
2hrs 15mins

Running time includes one interval of 20 minutes.

Tickets from £15 – £75 plus booking fee.*

* London Coliseum charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.


Creative Team

Guoyong Zhang


Mingzhe Zha