Category Archives: Drama

Life at the Dawn of New China

Rather than tell heroic war stories, the down-to-earth docu-drama Wotou Guild Hall probes the lives of common Peiping dwellers in the year before the founding of the People’s Republic. The play is notable for its accurate portrayal of the sweeping historical changes shaking Peiping...


Grave Robbers Snatch the Stage

2014 has been a big year for Chinese ghost stories with dozens of spooky adaptations for the stage and screen. The latest is Ghost Blows Out the Light, a series of popular fantasy novels coming to the stage. Written by Zhang Muye, the pioneer...


Fall of the Cinema’s First Queen

The drama Ruan Lingyu is bringing the story of a legendary film star to life on Beijing People’s Art Theatre’s stage throughout this month. Ruan Lingyu, one of the four beauties of the Republican era, was a prominent star of Chinese silent film. Her...


Emperor Grapples with Life as a Commoner in New Drama

The fall of the Qing Dynasty and the forced conversion of the “Son of Heaven” into an ordinary citizen has been a popular topic for biopics. But while films typically begin in the palace, the drama Citizen opens in the Fushun War Criminals Management...


Murder Musical Laughs at Humanity’s Dark Side

Fengchao Theater is staging a production of Murder in the Hanging Garden, the most popular rock musical by Meng Jinghui, China’s leading avant-garde theater director. Intending to addresses “the relentless grab for material goods and people’s spiritual loss,” the drama opens with a real...


Life’s Greatest Lessons Learned in Death

With the Ice Bucket Challenge bringing so much attention to ALS, now is the perfect time for a dramatic adaptation of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. Adapted from the bestselling book of the same title and produced by the Godot Theater Company of Taiwan,...


Drama Festival Brings 1988 to the Stage

September is a big month in the local theater scene thanks to the 2014 Beijing International Youth Drama Festival, also known as the Beijing Fringe Festival. The festival will bring 100 performances of works by young Chinese playwrights to local stages between September 2...


Historic Play Gives Scholar the Ultimate Choice

The Great Confucian Purge of the Qin Dynasty is the topic of the National Theater Company’s new period drama Fusheng. Adapted from the historical record, Fusheng tells the story of a scholar being forced to choose between life and his Confucian beliefs during the...


Ghostly Play Blends Peking Opera and Puppets

The Execution of the Judge of Hell is an innovative attempt at reviving traditional dramatic arts that blends Chinese shadow puppetry with Peking Opera. The play tells the story of how You Liugui, a lamplighter in Hell, stumbles upon the son of the Judge...


‘Four Generations’ Goes Beyond Nostalgia

The 2014 Capital Theatre Boutique Play Invitational Exhibition is presenting Four Generations Under One Roof, a three-hour drama adapted from an award-winning novel of the same title. Long praised as “the book that every Chinese deserves to read,” the novel is an epic of...