Wang Huan will present a China tour of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in Chinese, starting with five shows at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing beginning on April 25.
The play will then tour to venues in Shanghai, Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, and ending in Chongqing by the end of May.
Wang was the first Chinese to graduate with a master’s degree in theater direction from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Britain. He has worked at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Young Vic Theatre in the United Kingdom, as well as China’s National Center for the Performing Arts.
Also a successful stage-design artist, he has won a series of national prizes for his sets for events such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Wang said, “I am intrigued by the fate of ordinary people… We are standing at a turning point, when old social rules are declining and new commercial civilization is in the making…. In Streetcar, you find the main characters are migrants, just like in China today – many people leave their hometown to build a new life in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.”
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