Chinese opera with echoes of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ enthralls audiences at Tunisia theater festival

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/12/17 17:48:39

A classic love story written during China's fabled Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and often likened to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet regaled the audience in Tunis, capital of Tunisia, on Thursday.

The Peony Pavilion, Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu's tale of a young couple's pursuit of love and freedom that has been translated into major European languages, was staged as a Kunqu Opera at the 19th Carthage Theater Days festival.

Kunqu Opera was listed by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity in 2001.

A troupe from the Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theater in East China's Jiangsu Province presented the opera.

"The Tunisian audience applauded our performance today," said Lü Fuhai, a senior member of the theater. "I look forward to future exchanges such as this."


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