A Midsummer Night's Dream
Presented in Putonghua/Shanghai dialect
Shanghai Lyceum Theater, Shanghai, China
May 21-27, 2016
“Shakespeare's "rude mechanicals" of A Midsummer Night's Dream are speaking in the Shanghai dialect! It's one of the comic devices employed by the Shanghai Farce Troupe as they present a Chinese-language version of the original. The play also features other local elements, including traditional Chinese musical instruments.
The comedy follows the story of four lovers and a group of amateur actors and their adventures with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. The cast is entirely Chinese, and they will also play traditional instruments like the erhu and flute to add a Chinese flavor to this more than 400-year-old English play.” –information from the CCTV article listed below
Shanghai Farce Troupe
Directed by Paul Stebbings
The fifteen-member cast features professional farce performers, general theater actors, and traditional Chinese instrumentalists.
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