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Chinese version of "Coriolanus" rocks Edinburgh Festival

08-23-2013 08:21 BJT

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In the ongoing Edinburgh Festival, the Beijing People’s Art Theatre’s new adaptation of "Coriolanus" has been a huge success. This all-Chinese-dialogue performance has truly won over Shakespeare’s home country.

It’s definitely not the Shakespeare you expect.

Beijing People’s Art Theater turns up the volume for "Coriolanus" with two heavy metal bands, to create the sound and fury of the play’s action.

Pu Cunxin plays the Roman general Coriolanus.

Although it’s performed in mandarin with English subtitles, that’s not dampening the audience’s enthusiasm.

So how does the play break through the language barrier?

General Coriolanus, played by leading Chinese stage actor Pu Cunxin, thinks he has the answer.

"Our director Lin Zhaohua really makes it stand out. Like incorporating heavy metal music, which originated in the UK. We’ve also invited 30 locals to join us, so the audience feels more engaged. And the combination of Shakespeare and China is really fascinating to them," Pu Cunxin said.

Beijing People’s Art Theater turns up the volume for "Coriolanus" with two heavy metal "
bands, to create the sound and fury of the play’s action.

But Lin Zhaohua, the mastermind behind this audacious play, thinks there’s more to it.

"I think it’s more than just my personal success, it’s also the growing power of China’s theater," Lin said.

Sir Jonathan Mills, who has invited the play to the festival, adds that there’s a growing interest in China.

"The success of the box-office is due to the tremendous success we had two years ago with the National Ballet of China. But I think there’s another reason. I think there is an enormous and worldwide explosion, I don’t think that’s too strong a word, of interest and fascination with China," said Sir Jonathan Mills, art director of Edinburgh Festival.

Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival has been continually ranked as one of the most important cultural celebrations in the world.

Crew members of Chinese version of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" greets the audience after its
debut at the Edinburgh Playhouse in Edinburgh, Britain, Aug. 20, 2013. Britain's greatest
writer William Shakespeare's play "Coriolanus" was staged in a modern Chinese version
combined with heavy metal music at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Tuesday night. (Xinhua/Guo


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