Xuanzang's Pilgrimage at Sadler's Wells tickets
Xuanzang's Pilgrimage at Sadler's Wells tickets

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About the show

Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage is China’s first traditional musical drama, and tells the story of Xuanzang the monk, who travelled the length of the Silk Road to India. For a strictly limited number of performances, the China National Traditional Orchestra bring this spectacular production to Sadler’s Wells this July.

In the 7th Century, Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang travelled to India and documented his experiences of the differences within Buddhism he encountered along the way. The journey took him 17 years and was driven by the motivation to discover religious texts that had not yet made the trip from India to China. This true story is brought to life with an 80-piece traditional Chinese orchestra, 24 performers and elaborate costumes.

This is the first time the production is staged outside of China. The orchestra was founded in Beijing in 1960 and is financially supported by the Chinese government to share Chinese musical heritage. This company also incorporates modern technology and this production is no different – stunning projections create an immersive atmosphere and fitting backdrop to the elaborate costumes.

Combining elements of Chinese and Indian culture to tell this international story, Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage is a large-scale phenomenon from one of China’s most notable cultural organisations. Live musicians, fabulous, colourful design and an epic story make this an absolutely treat for the summer arts and culture calendar. The production plays a limited run at Sadler's Wells from 20 July to 22 July 2018.

Recommended for

Audiences interested in international performance, traditional world music and large-scale spectacle will love this show.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 20 Jul 2018
Booking from: 22 Jul 2018
Booking until: 22 Jul 2018

Location and map

Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Ave
London, EC1R 4TN

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