China Railway Art & Culture Troupe – A feast of Chinese culture

Regent Theatre
Buy Now 7.00pm, 24 February
Adults $30; Group of 4 $100

Show information

From Beijing – The China Railway Art & Culture Troupe

One of China’s largest and most prestigious performing arts companies is coming to Dunedin for a one-off show.

The China Railway Art & Culture Troupe was established in October 1950 and is a national large-scale comprehensive literary and art group of the China Railway Corporation as well as being a Class A TV drama shooting unit.  Artists and performers have to be at the top of their field in China to become part of a national arts company.

For more than 60 years, the China Railway Art & Culture Troupe has created and performed more than 3,000 music repertoires and filmed more than 60 film and television dramas. A large number of outstanding works and performers have won more than 400 gold and grand prizes in various competitions at home and abroad.

The China Railway Art & Culture Troupe has travelled a total of more than 3 million kilometres performing concerts all over China, giving over 28,000 performances and performing to more than 32 million people. The troupe has visited more than 50 countries and regions acting as splendid ambassadors for Chinese culture.

The performance in Dunedin is part of an Australasian tour sponsored by the Chinese Government, with only two performances in New Zealand.

The Dunedin show promises to be a feast of Chinese culture, illustrating a tapestry of ethnic groups and legends passed down the generations including acrobatic and magic acts. All items will be delivered by artists and performers who have won top awards in China and overseas.

Promoters: Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust, Dunedin Chinese Scholar & Student Association and NZ Chinese Association, Otago & Southland Branch Inc.

Sponsors: China Overseas Exchange Association and the University of Otago Office of the Confucious Institute in Auckland

House information

Bar service

Our bars have a selection of New Zealand wines and beers as well as juices, water, light snacks and ice creams. The bars will be closed five minutes before the show’s published start time.


We pride ourselves on being one of the most accessible venues in the city. We have flat access through our main doors and staff are more than happy to help with the doors if needed. Taxis can drop off and pick up patrons from outside these doors and we can order a taxi for you after the show.

There are accessible toilets on the lower level and a roomy lift provides access both to these facilities and to the Stalls seating. Seats in the Circle are accessed via several flights of stairs so we recommend patrons with mobility difficulties book seats in the Stalls.

We have seven dedicated wheelchair spaces and our events are available via an augmented hearing assistance system.

We also have opera glasses available for hire for $5 at the Box Office – just ask when you come in.

We encourage our patrons to discuss their needs with us so we can ensure they enjoy the show.

Theatre Etiquette

People come to the Regent Theatre to have a great night out. So everyone has a good time, we ask all our patrons to be courteous to those around them.

  • Please turn off all your electronic devices before you come into the auditorium.
  • If you have taken snacks from our bar back to your seat, try not to rustle when the house lights go down.
  • If you are late to a show, get comfortable in our bar area until we can turn the house lights back on so you can find your seat.
  • Camera flashes occasionally make performers stumble – over their lines or their feet – so we prefer that you don’t use flash (or any other) photography.
  • Please keep your feet on the floor – someone counting the beat on the back of your seat can be distracting.
  • Dancing in the aisles sounds like fun but it might make our Circle collapse. If you really need to dance (and it’s the right sort of show), please book seats in the Stalls or make your way out to the foyer.
  • We encourage you to introduce your children to the arts, but please also teach them to watch and listen quietly and peacefully.