Friday, January 17, 2020

Chinese production of Hamlet tours in March

Hu Jun and others at the launch

 A Chinese production of William Shakespeare's masterpiece Hamlet will grace the Beijing stage at the Poly Theatre from 12th–15th March, marking the start of the play's second China tour.
Different from the first tour that themed Our Hamlet in 2018, the production team expected to strike a chord with audiences, said Li Liuyi, director of the play, at a launch event for the tour recently.
"We are open to comments and criticisms," veteran stage actor Pu Cunxin, who is cast as Claudius and the ghost of the late king, said at the event.
The Chinese version stars popular actor Hu Jun, who plays the titular character of the Danish prince.
Considered one of the most influential literary works in the world, Hamlet
depicts the prince's revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who murders Hamlet's father in order to usurp his throne and marry Hamlet's mother.
The Chinese production is the second play directed by Li Liuyi in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) after King Lear, under the RSC's translation project initiated in 2015.
The translation project aims to make Shakespeare's masterpieces more suitable for modern dramatic presentations and audiences of different cultural backgrounds.

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