Chinese production of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' to start second national tour

A Chinese production of William Shakespeare's masterpiece "Hamlet" will grace the Beijing stage at the Poly Theater from March 12 to 15, marking the start of the play's second China tour.

Different from the first tour entitled "Our Hamlet" in 2018, the production team expected to strike a chord with audiences, said Li Liuyi, director of the play, at a launch event for the tour recently.

"We are open to comments and criticisms," veteran theatrical actor Pu Cunxin, who is cast as Claudius and the ghost of the late king, said at the event.

The Chinese version stars popular actor Hu Jun, who plays the title role of the Danish prince.

Considered one of the most influential literary works in the world, "Hamlet" depicts a prince's revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who murders Hamlet's father in order to usurp his throne and marry Hamlet's mother.

The Chinese production is the second play directed by Li Liuyi in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) after "King Lear" under the RSC's translation project initiated in 2015.

The translation project aims to make Shakespeare's masterpieces more suitable for modern dramatic presentations and audiences of different cultural backgrounds.

(Cover image: A launch event of "Hamlet" is held in Beijing, December 24, 2019.)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency