Established in January, 1955, China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) is one of the national ensembles of performance arts directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China. The first President of the theateris the Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang. The theater consists of Group One, Group Two, Group Three, Stage Art Center, the MeiLanfang Grand Theatre, and Peoples theater (Opera Movies and TV Shooting and Performing Center). Since its founding, the theater has brought together a large number of outstanding performing artists and playwrights, directors, composers, stage artists, etc., who enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad, such as the Performing arts master Li Shao-chun, Yuan Shihai, Ye Shenglan, Du Jinfang, Li Hezeng, Zhang Yunxi, Zhang Chunhua, Li Shiji, the famousdirector A Jia, the esteemed playwright Weng．
During years of artistic creation, and international and domestic performance appraisals,the theater has more than 40 plays and over 100 people winning all sorts of awards. In recent years, National Peking Opera Theatre is always on the list of the domestic significant awards, for example, 'Wenhua Award', 'Five One Project Award', 'the China Peking Opera Festival Gold Award”, 'National Fine Stage Arts Project', 'MeiLanfang Gold Award', 'Plum Blossom Award' and so on. Peking Opera Company is charged with the important task of cultural exchanges with foreign countries, and constantly sends art troups performing around the world, which have visited 50 countries and regions, five continents, winning a good international reputation. To promote Sino-foreigncultural exchanges, enhance the friendship between Chinese people and the people of the world, it makes a positive contribution.
The current President of the National Peking Opera is Zhang Kaihua; the Secretary of the Party Committee is Song Chen; vice President and Artistic Director is Yu Kuizhi; the Vice Presidents are Chen Ying, Liu Yupu; and the vice Secretary of the Party Committee is Wei Liyun.