Since modern drama was introduced to China in 1908, its development has greatly been influenced by the plays of Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen's A Doll's House is said to have inspired the dramaturgy of Thunderstorm, the most outstanding masterpiece by Chinese contemporary playwright Tsao Yu. A brand new version of A Doll's House will be mounted April 1 - April 11 in Beijing.
Presented by The Central Experimental Drama Troupe, one of the three national theatres in China, this new production differs largely from past versions. Featuring a decidedly Chinese approach, the story is set in 1930s China rather than in Norway. And the heroine, Nora, is played by Norwegian actress Agnete, who will speak both English and Chinese. Accompanying the play will be a band of musicians performing traditional Chinese melodies and Peking Opera.
A Doll's House is directed by Wu Xiaojiang, who also directed Ibsen's An Enemy of The People three years ago, which was invited to participate in The International Ibsen Festival in Norway.
The Chinese cast includes Li Jianyi, Han Tongsheng, Ni Dahong and Jia Ni.
A Doll's House will run from April 1 to April 11, at Small Theatre of the Central Experimental Theatre, A45 Mao Er Hutong, Di An Men. For tickets call 86-010-64031109, 64031009
--By Wang Ling