Ticket opening for Wuzhen Theatre Festival

By Qi Xijia Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/1 18:53:39

Water town

The 2018 Wuzhen Theatre Festival will be staged in the water town from October 18 to 28. Since its first edition in 2013, the festival has grown to become one of the most influential frontier theater carnivals in Asia.

Under the theme of Magnanimity, around 30 plays in 16 countries and regions across the five continents are expected to be staged, their themes covering history, redemption, love and artificial intelligence.

Among them is a unique tribute to classic works, including Chinese writer Lao She's famous Tea House, Irish playwright Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, and Wind, Sand and Stars adapted from French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince and

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The festival also offers a platform for theater talents from home and abroad to work together, taking in the insight from both Chinese and Western cultures. Based on the classic work of Lao She, the play Tea House will see such a joint cooperation of Chinese and German artists.

Directed by Chinese director Meng Jinghui, the play stars Chinese actor Wen Zhang and offers a panoramic view of Chinese history and culture in the span of 50 years. Starting from the festival the play will have a world tour to Germany, France and North American countries.

Meanwhile, Chinese director Yu Fengxia and Chen Tao will give a new interpretation to the classic play As You Like It through the expression of Chinese tradition opera.

Nursing young talents is equally important for the festival. In the past few years many young theater lovers have pursued their dreams on the national and international stage with the festival as the beginning point of their careers.

A poster of Chinese writer Lao She's Tea House


Stage photos of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Photos: Courtesy of the event organizer


Stage photos of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Photos: Courtesy of the event organizer



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