"Harry Potter" Actress Katie Leung Will Make Stage Debut in Wild Swans at A.R.T.
By Adam Hetrick
"Harry Potter" actress Katie Leung will head the cast of the world premiere of Wild Swans, which is based on Jung Chang’s best-selling memoir and will debut Feb. 11, 2012, at the American Repertory Theater.
A.R.T., London's Young Vic and the Actors Touring Company present the stage premiere of Chang's 1991 work "Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China." Sacha Wares will direct the adaptation by playwright Alexandra Wood (The Eleventh Hour).
Wild Swans will officially open Feb. 15, 2012, for a run through March 11, 2012, at A.R.T. It will transfer to London's Young Vic beginning April 13, 2012.
Leung, who appeared as Cho Chang in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, will star in the central role of Er-Hong. The cast of British and American actors also includes Oliver Biles as Jian, Eric Chan as Dr. Wan, Annie Chang as Dai, Ka-Ling Cheung as De-Hong, Victor Chi as Heng, Celeste Den as Ting, Joanne Fong as Huifen, Jon Kit Lee as Bo Lin, Orion Lee as Shou-Yu, Jennifer Lim Mrs. Shu, Les Mau as Comrade Chi, Ron Nakahara as Commissar Lin, Zenghui Qui as a musician and Julyana Soelistyo as Yu Fang.
Here's how A.R.T. bills the work: "China, at the heart of the 20th Century, became a nation transformed beyond recognition. Through the eyes of one fiercely courageous family, Wild Swans takes us on a journey from the early days of Communist hope and struggle, through the chaos and confusion of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, to the birth of a superpower."
Wild Swans will have production design by Miriam Buether, video design by Wang GongXin, costume design by Tom Rand, sound design by Gareth Fry, lighting design by D M Wood, choreography by Leon Baugh, projections by Tim Reid and music by Zenghui Qiu.
For tickets visit AmericanRepertoryTheater. A.R.T. is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA.
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