11 performances from November 18 to December 2, 2018
One of the masterpieces of Chinese literature, ‘Τhe Orphan of Zhao’, by Ji Junxiang, is currently being presented by the National Theatre of Greece and the National Theatre of China, as part of the Greece-China 2017/2018 - Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Creative Industries.
The play is adapted and directed by distinguished Chinese director Dr. Wang Xiaoying.
‘The Orphan of Zhao’ has been described as the Hamlet of classical Chinese literature. It is a zaju play, a genre that combines poetry and prose, dance and mime, with an emphasis on the comic element or a happy ending. Written in 13th century and attributed to the dramatist Ji Junxiang, this much-loved story has been staged countless times as theatre, opera and dance, as well as film productions. It is the first Chinese drama to have been translated into European languages, inspiring dozens of adaptations, including by Voltaire and Metastasio, and an unfinished version by Goethe.
The performances premiered in Athens on November 18, 2018, and will continue until December 2nd, with the participation of Greek and Chinese actors - each one performing in their respective languages - and with Greek, English and Chinese supertitles.