11 Nov '11, 10am

Shakespeare's \\"Richard III\\" opens in Beijing

Shakespeare's \\"Richard III\\" opens in Beijing

BEIJING: A production of "Richard III" starring Kevin Spacey opens in Beijing on Friday, the first time a major Western theatre company has staged a work by Shakespeare in China's capital. The three-night run at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in central Beijing is part of a push to attract world-class productions to China, where drama remains tightly controlled by government censors. The production of "Richard III", which tells the story of a villainous and power-hungry English king, is set in the modern day and draws parallels with dictatorial regimes around the world. It reunites Spacey with the director of "American Beauty", Sam Mendes, and is the work of the Bridge Project, a collaboration between the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York and London's Old Vic and Neal Street theatre groups. The latest production - the third by the Bridge Proje...

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