SNOW IN MIDSUMMER – Stratford

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Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Snow in Midsummer is an adaptation of Yuan dynasty drama The Injustice Done to Dou E by Guan Hanqing, marking a key milestone in the venerable institution’s avowed change of policy after the The Orphan of Zhao debacle in 2012.

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NEWS: Katie Leung stars in RSC’s updated Chinese classic Snow in Midsummer

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Katie Leung stars in the world premiere of Snow in Midsummer, a contemporary re-imagining of Guan Hanqing’s Chinese classic drama by the playwright, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, and directed by Justin Audibert. It runs at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 23 February to 25 March 2017, with a press night on 2 March.

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The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures – Hampstead Theatre

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Kushner’s play has been given the moniker #iHo for short, though quite why that impulse has kicked in now is not clear, for the play is a hard-going three and a half hours full of wordily complex pontifications. The mechanics of social media aside, to suggest that it can be encapsulated in a three letter hashtag feels crudely reductive.

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NEWS: Tamsin Greig stars in UK premiere of Kushner’s Guide to Capitalism

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Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Pulitzer prize winning Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, directed by Olivier award winning Michael Boyd, which runs 15 October to 26 November 2016, with a press night on 24 October. Tamsin Greig will play the role of Empty having last been seen …

YOU FOR ME FOR YOU – Royal Court

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North Korea is the kind of place that haunts the imagination of the West – and not in a good way. One of the last hardline Communist dictatorships, it is also a country of immense sadness, a landscape of food shortages and human-rights abuses. Yet its regime calls this dismal place the “Best Nation in the World”. To us, it’s a secret world, a strange culture difficult to comprehend, easy to fear. Small wonder that, in American playwright Mia Chung’s 2012 play, two hungry sisters fantasise about leaving it for good.