Contemporary Legend Theatre
Julius Caesar
Theatre 
13–15 Mar 2020
Contemporary Legend Theatre
Julius Caesar
Theatre 
13–15 Mar 2020
Contemporary Legend Theatre
Julius Caesar
Theatre 
13–15 Mar 2020

Contemporary Legend Theatre
Julius Caesar

Peking opera pioneer Wu Hsing-kuo and his Contemporary Legend Theatre join forces with Zhang Jun, “the prince of kunqu”, for a daring adaptation of history’s ultimate betrayal. Witness the world premiere of the murder that rocked a republic on the coming Ides of March!
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Peking opera pioneer Wu Hsing-kuo and his Contemporary Legend Theatre join forces with Zhang Jun, “the prince of kunqu”, for a daring adaptation of history’s ultimate betrayal. Witness the world premiere of the murder that rocked a republic on the coming Ides of March!
World Premiere

Two Chinese opera stars in a powerful play of duty, loyalty and bloodshed

Peking opera pioneer Wu Hsing-kuo and his Contemporary Legend Theatre join forces with Zhang Jun, “the prince of kunqu”, for a daring adaptation of Shakespeare’s dark historical saga. Wu and Zhang are Julius Caesar and Brutus, reimagined in a fusion of Chinese opera and contemporary theatre styles.

Wu is no stranger to Shakespeare and legends of epic scale. His company is devoted to integrating traditional Chinese opera with modern theatre in its adaptations of classic tales from around the world. His powerful rock opera trilogy The Water Margins, which blended Peking opera with pop music, attracted opera traditionalists and younger audiences alike. His past five Shakespearean adaptations have attracted international attention; The Tempest was directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark and a solo performance of King Lear led The Guardian to call him “the Taiwanese answer to Orson Welles”.

Zhang, too, pushes his 600-year-old art form in new directions, aiming to popularize the kunqu genre for audiences of a new generation—a pursuit that led to his designation as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2011. Among his outstanding artistic achievements have been the lead role in Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo (2008) and the recent solo performance I, Hamlet, a dialogue between Shakespeare and the greatest Ming poets.

Wu and Zhang may both be old hands at Shakespeare, but Julius Caesar is the first collaboration of these two eminent artists from Taipei and Shanghai. This thrilling hybrid of opera, modern theatre and multi-media storytelling is their firm declaration that Chinese opera and Shakespearean drama are two compatible art forms that remain as relevant as ever.

Approx 1 hr 40 mins with no interval
Performed in Putonghua with Chinese and English surtitles
Performed by
Zhang Jun
Wu Hsing-kuo

Playwright
William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by
Wu Hsing-kuo

Lyricist
Lei Bi-qi

Composer
Xu Shuya

Choreographer
Lin Hsiu-wei

Costumes Designer
Chris Lai

With live music
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World Premiere

Two Chinese opera stars in a powerful play of duty, loyalty and bloodshed

Peking opera pioneer Wu Hsing-kuo and his Contemporary Legend Theatre join forces with Zhang Jun, “the prince of kunqu”, for a daring adaptation of Shakespeare’s dark historical saga. Wu and Zhang are Julius Caesar and Brutus, reimagined in a fusion of Chinese opera and contemporary theatre styles.

Wu is no stranger to Shakespeare and legends of epic scale. His company is devoted to integrating traditional Chinese opera with modern theatre in its adaptations of classic tales from around the world. His powerful rock opera trilogy The Water Margins, which blended Peking opera with pop music, attracted opera traditionalists and younger audiences alike. His past five Shakespearean adaptations have attracted international attention; The Tempest was directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark and a solo performance of King Lear led The Guardian to call him “the Taiwanese answer to Orson Welles”.

Zhang, too, pushes his 600-year-old art form in new directions, aiming to popularize the kunqu genre for audiences of a new generation—a pursuit that led to his designation as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2011. Among his outstanding artistic achievements have been the lead role in Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo (2008) and the recent solo performance I, Hamlet, a dialogue between Shakespeare and the greatest Ming poets.

Wu and Zhang may both be old hands at Shakespeare, but Julius Caesar is the first collaboration of these two eminent artists from Taipei and Shanghai. This thrilling hybrid of opera, modern theatre and multi-media storytelling is their firm declaration that Chinese opera and Shakespearean drama are two compatible art forms that remain as relevant as ever.

Approx 1 hr 40 mins with no interval
Performed in Putonghua with Chinese and English surtitles
Cast & Production
Performed by
Zhang Jun
Wu Hsing-kuo

Playwright
William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by
Wu Hsing-kuo

Lyricist
Lei Bi-qi

Composer
Xu Shuya

Choreographer
Lin Hsiu-wei

Costumes Designer
Chris Lai

With live music
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Official Website of Contemporary Legend Theatre