Richard III

Wang, Xiaoying 2012

Richard III (Li cha san shi), directed by WANG Xiaoying, The National Theatre of China (Beijing) | Premiered at the London Globe during the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival Read More

Macbeth

Chen, Dalian 2016

In 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the Chong Qing Theatre Company staged a new experimental production of the tragic play Macbeth. This adaptation written by Cai Fujun from the Art Institute of Fu Jian Province features only three performers, and the setting is a slaughterhouse which includes a pool of water in the center surrounded by a raised platform and thick chains hanging from the ceiling. Macbeth is played by a woman while Lady Macbeth is played by a man. However, their roles are reversed twice over the course of the play. A third actor plays the roles of Banquo, Macduff, and Fleance. The three witches do not appear on stage, but their voices are heard delivering the prophesies. The deaths of Duncan and Macbeth are represented by the running of electric saws with sparks flying. Read More

Titus 2.0

Tang, Shu-wing 2009

This minimalist adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloody and violent play Titus Andronicus is directed by Hong Kong theatre director Tang Shu-wing. Read More

Hamlet

Asari, Keita 2008

In summer 2008, famed Japanese director Keita Asari revived his adaptation of Hamlet and staged a new production with a Chinese cast from the Beijing People’s Art Theatre Company. The production premiered in October 2008 at the Beijing Capital Theatre. Read More

Coriolanus

Lin, Zhaohua 2007

See review from 2007 performance at the Beijing Capital Theatre on Tuesday, November 27, 2007.

King Lear

Tse, David 2006 | 4 Comments

Lear hands over control of his global business empire to his daughters. In his Shanghai penthouse, he asks them to justify their inheritance. The older sisters flatter their father in elegant Chinese but English educated Cordelia, no longer fluent in her father’s tongue, says “Nothing” and the loss of face sends Lear into a spiral of fury and madness. Read More

The Banquet

Feng, Xiaogang 2006

The Banquet is a 2006 Chinese film, also known as Legend of the Black Scorpion. It is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and is set in 10th century China. Read More