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VENUES LAY DOWN WELCOME MAT FOR AUDIENCES

Fans return to theaters and cinemas in numbers

Ren Kemei, a chemistry teacher in Beijing, arrived at the city’s Tianqiao Performing Arts Center last month for a matinee performance.

As she had not been to a live show for more than a year, she decided to celebrate her 28th birthday by going to see the Chinese musical Romance of the West Chamber.

The musical was adapted from the eponymous classic play written by Wang Shifu, a renowned playwright during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and the production stars one of Ren’s favorite singers, Liu Yan.

When Ren arrived, she was happy to see members of the audience gathering in numbers in the theater lobby, nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic emerged and…

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