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BI-LINGUAL KING LEAR HAS UK PREMIER AS PART OF RSC’S COMPLETE WORKS FESTIVAL.
2006/10/27
Yellow Earth Theatre and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre presents; KING LEAR By William Shakespeare The Cube at the RST, Stratford-upon-Avon 5 performances only from 15 – 18 November 2006 RSC Ticket Hotline: 0870 609 1110. David Yip known to UK audiences as The Chinese Detective and Chinese movie star, Zhou Yemang, feature in a futuristic version of King Lear as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) continuing Complete Works Festival. Performed in the RSC’s temporary studio space, The Cube at the RST*, the production is directed by David Tse Ka-Shing and co-produced by London based Yellow Earth Theatre and Shanghai based Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. Set in Shanghai and London, it is the future. China is the leading superpower. Those with money and power live above the law. Lear calls a video-conference to decide how his global business empire will be divided amongst his three daughters. We enter a vicious and visceral world where greed and ambition turns sister against sister, master against servant, child against parent. Betrayal, lust and murder follow Lear as he desperately searches for Taoist enlightenment. What hope is there for love? Highlighting the difficulties of intercultural and intergenerational exchange, Lear and Cordelia’s fatal relationship is compounded by a Chinese Lear and an English-educated Cordelia, no longer fluent in her father’s language and reduced to saying ‘Nothing’. Providing a challenging cross cultural interpretation, East meets West in this exploration of Chinese and British identities, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, spiritual and financial wealth, family loyalty, and generational divides. Including video, music and aerial work, the production remains largely faithful to Shakespeare’s original text with a modern twist. Audiences can expect flick knives instead of swords, but will see Lear addressed as ‘King’ instead of President of a global business empire. Performed in Mandarin and English (with surtitles in both languages), the cast includes: David Yip (Gloucester/Albany) ; Zhou Yemang (King Lear); Daniel York (Edgar/Cornwall); Matt McCooey (Edmund); Zhang Lu (Goneril); Xie Li (Regan); Nina Kwok (Cordelia/Oswald); He Ju (Kent). Joining David Tse Ka-Shing on the creative team is: Jonathan Man (Assistant Director); Zhu Sheng Hao (Chinese Translation); Sang Qi (Stage Designer); Doug Kuhrt (Lighting); Wang Jiwei (Music). The production will premier in Shanghai on 20 October. The production runs for five performance at The Cube at the RST* (15-18 November) before going on a national tour (see below for details). For tickets for RSC performances ONLY contact the RSC ticket hotline on 0870 609 1110 or visit www.rsc.org.uk. For all other performances contact individual venues as listed below. TOUR SCHEDULE FOR KING LEAR: OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2006 20 October – 4 November 7.15pm Drama Salon, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, No.288 Anfu Rd, Shanghai, P.R China English Box office: + 8621 5465 6200 Chinese Box Office: + 8621 6473 0123 / + 8621 6473 4567 Tickets: 150rmb Web: www.china-drama.com 15 – 18 November 7.30pm 18 November 1.30pm The Cube at the RST, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB Box office: 0870 609 1110 Tickets: £10 Web: http://www.rsc.org.uk 20 & 21 November 8pm 22 November 2pm & 8pm Lakeside Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD Box office: 0115 846 7777 Tickets: £12 (£9 concessions) Web: www.lakesidearts.org.uk 23 November 7.45pm 24 & 25 November 8pm Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX Box office: 01483 440000 Tickets: A- £18.50, B - £17.50, C - £16.00, D - £13.50, E (boxes for 4) - £74.00, Students/Under 18’s - £7, £5 off ticket price for wheelchair access users + companion Web: www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk 28 & 29 November 7.30pm The Arena Theatre, Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton, W. Midlands, WV1 1SB Box office: 01902 321321 Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) Schools Performance: 28 & 29 November 1pm - All Tickets £5 Web: www.arenatheatre.info 30 November & 1 December 7.30pm Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG Box office: 0151 709 6502 Utext: 078 4065 9807 Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions) Web: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk 6 – 9 December 7.30pm 7 & 9 December 2pm Vanbrugh Theatre, (RADA), Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU Box Office: 020 7908 4800 Tickets: £15/(£10 concessions) Thur Matinee £7.50 Sat Matinee £10/(£8 concessions) Web: www.rada.org
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