Project Description

Shaanxi Qinhuang Grand Theatre

Shaanxi Qinhuang Grand Theatre

Shaanxi Qinhuang Grand Theatre

From August 2013 until July 2014, based in Lintong village (about an hour’s drive north-east from downtown Xi’an) through Nederlander, I was engaged as as General Manager (equivalent in China to CEO) & Executive Director by an investor group, led by a reasonable and nice guy to get a semi-constructed Shaanxi Qinhuang Grand Theatre completed at the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses site, and open with a new resident show, China’s First Emperor.

Primary objective was to get the theatre opened against a backdrop of 8 years of ‘highly questionable conduct’ in order for the tourist show to open.  Laden with historical issues, the primary Chinese developer was great and visionary, most of the local staff were highly motivated and supportive, however, the local financial controllers representing a 2nd group of investors were inept and by western standards would have been put in jail.