British Council's "Shakespeare Lives" in China     

British Council's "Shakespeare Lives" in China         
Presented in English and Chinese

Part of the global programme of events celebrating Shakespeare's work in the 400th anniversary year organized by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign      

1. Royal Shakespeare Company's King and Country Tour
February-March, 2016
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Supported by JP Morgan
“Artistic Director Gregory Doran’s acclaimed productions of Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II and Henry V play at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (18-21 Feb) , the Shanghai Grand Theatre (25-28 Feb) and the Hong Kong Arts Festival (4-13 Mar).”

2. Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Go Make You Ready
April 2016
Shanghai, Beijing
“The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, present their multi-disciplinary interpretation of Shakespeare’s sonnets. This series of performances is curated by famed British voice coach, author and theatre director, Patsy Rodenburg, and star some of the UK’s best rising talent.” 

3. Halle Orchestra's Music of Shakespeare
July 12-17, 2016
Beijing (NCPA), Shanghai (Grand Theatre), Wuhan (Qintai Concert Hall)
“The Hallé Orchestra, Britain's longest-established professional symphony orchestra, presents a series of concerts based on the music of Shakespeare, with some performances featuring renowned Chinese cellist, Jian Wang.”

4. Shakespeare's Globe The Merchant of Venice
September 2016
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou
“Shakespeare’s Globe present their acclaimed production of The Merchant of Venice. Double Olivier and Tony award winner, Jonathan Price, tackles the challenging role of the moneylender Shylock in a reprise of what was his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.”

5. Shanghai Dramatic Arts and Gecko, The Dream
November 2016
Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
“A world premiere inspired by “the dream”, that links Tang Xianzu’s Dream Plays and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a newly commissioned work, supported by the British Council, for the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed UK physical theatre company Gecko, to work with Shanghai’s most prominent theatre company.” 

6. Royal Shakespeare Company/Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre Henry V (in Chinese)
November 2016
Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
“The Royal Shakespeare Company kicks off its major ten-year cultural exchange collaboration with translations of Chinese classics into English and performance-based translations of Shakespeare’s plays into Chinese, starting in the rehearsal room of Henry V. The Company will collaborate with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre on a new Chinese production of Henry V based on this pilot translation, premiering in Shanghai in November.”    

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Photos by Susan Bennett. Wall display, West Nanjing Road metro station, September 2016. 

Photos by Susan Bennett. Shanghai Mmetro car, September 2016; Advertisement on door of metro car, Shanghai, September 2016.