Teahouse, a play written by Lao She, is the first novel-length history of Chinese teahouses in China. It seeks to provide a panoramic view of Chinese history and culture in their transformation from tradition to modernity.
The play is noted for its vivid portrayal of characters and lively use of the Beijing dialect, but its popularity lies in Lao She's vision of history, which is prophetic of later political movements and their disastrous effects on the average Chinese people. Teahouse is truly a masterpiece of contemporary Chinese theatre. The play has been performed in Japan, Europe, and North America. It has also been translated into several major foreign languages