According to the Daily Telegraph, the Zuloo Theatre was presenting Hwang's Tony Award-winning play that centers on a Chinese man disguised as a woman, who takes a French civil servant as a lover. The drama also takes aim at the suffocating Chinese government.
The Telegraph stated that a mainly expatriate crowd of 150 attended what would be the final performance. Police entered the Ke Center for Contemporary Art in Shanghai and announced that the production would have to cease performances immediately. M. Butterfly began performances Nov. 25 and was scheduled to conclude Nov. 29.
Local jazz performer Coco Zhao starred as Peking Opera diva Song Liling opposite Mark Richard Edwards as Rene Gallimard.