Esplanade Presents


Top Restaurant

Beijing People's Art Theatre (China)
23 – 26 Mar 2017
Thu – Sun
23 – 25 Mar 2017 : 8pm
26 Mar 2017 : 2.30pm
23 – 25 Mar 2017 : 8pm
26 Mar 2017 : 2.30pm
Download house programme top-restaurant-house-programme.pdf | 2.42 mb |
3hrs (including 20min intermission)
Esplanade Theatre
Performed in Mandarin, with English and Chinese surtitles.
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$38*, $58**, $78^, $98^ $128^

Limited concessions for students, NSFs and seniors: $30*, $45**

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Early Bird Special: 29 Nov – 24 Dec 2016
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White Card: 15% savings
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White Card: 10% savings

Huayi ticket stub holder: 5% savings

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Tote Board Arts Grant

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An exploration of national Chinese culture that is thought-provoking, reflective and enlightening. Gu Xiang, renowned Chinese author

Inheritance meets ingenuity in a compelling tale revolving around one of Beijing’s most iconic dishes.

After successful presentations of Teahouse (2015), and Savage Land (2016),  Beijing People’s Art Theatre returns to Esplanade to present Top Restaurant, a well-loved play with international acclaim that chronicles the ups and downs of a Peking duck restaurant over half a century, epitomising the colourful cuisine and history of China.

Since its premiere in 1988, the production has received international acclaim and several national awards, been staged more than 500 times and even made into a television drama in China.


Fu Ju De is a well-known Peking duck restaurant established in the Qing dynasty. Its aging boss retires, leaving the restaurant to his two sons and his assistant Wang Zixi. However, the sons have no interest in the restaurant, leaving Wang to recruit Lu Mengshi, a smart young man, to help keep the business running. Having been entrusted with this responsibility, Lu vows to turn the restaurant around into a successful business.

Through years of sweat, hard work and sharp business acumen, the manager of Fu Ju De finally manages to achieve some success. But his biggest test is still yet to come as two squabbling sons of the founding restaurateur come knocking, hungry for a share of the riches…

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