Stage play combines China and the UK’s greatest playwrights

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/9/22 18:08:39

Performance A Midsummer Night's DREAMING Under the Southern Bough, presented by students from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in China and the University of Leeds in UK, took to the stage at the 77 Theatre in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Taking "dreaming" as its theme, the new work is based on works by playwrights William Shakespeare and China's Tang Xianzu.

The performance was divided into two segments, with the creative team from UIBE presenting the segment inspired by the young lovers and fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, while Leeds offered a contemporary interpretation of Tang's Dreaming under the Southern Bough.

"Cultural exchanges can subtly influence our young players, who can then transmit these influences via their performances in A Midsummer Night's DREAMING Under the Southern Bough to the people of our two countries," Li Ruru, the event's producer, told the Xinhua News Agency in an interview.

The performance was first performed in Leeds on July 27 before heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on to Shanghai.

The performance was part of the two universities' "William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu: Celebrating a 400 Year Legacy" project, which marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the two legendary playwrights.

On the debut night in Beijing, students from Renmin University of China and Tsinghua University also presented their adaptations of two works by Shakespeare.

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