China’s arts festivals may come and go, under-advertised, unnoticed and often disappointing. But Wuzhen International Theatre Festival isn’t just a different festival – it’s a different planet. The water town was painstakingly rebuilt by developer/visionary Chen Xianghong, who kept the architectural essentials while repairing crumbling infrastructure and transforming warehouses into performance spaces. Best of all, Chen helped establish a theatre festival that has gone from strength to strength. Take note: Wuzhen will ascend to the heights of role models Edinburgh and Avignon sooner rather than later. This page features all you need to know about how to get to and enjoy the festival. Check back for more information on 2016's must-see shows soon.
Wuzhen: essential information
Travel and accommodation tips for planning a trip to Wuzhen
Reviews from 2016's Wuzhen International Theatre Festival
In review: Wuzhen International Theatre Festival 2016
6 shows to see at Wuzhen Theatre Festival 2016
Reviews from 2015's Wuzhen International Theatre Festival
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Valley of Astonishment
Portraits of the Cherry Orchard
Archive Wuzhen International Theatre Festival coverage
Interview: Stan Lai
Stan Lai: Dreaming big
Louis Yu Kwok-lit: 'Mainland China has been referencing cultural development models such as Broadway'