Sichuan People's Art Theatre
Teahouse
Theatre 
15–16 Feb 2020
Sichuan People's Art Theatre
Teahouse
Theatre 
15–16 Feb 2020
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Sichuan People's Art Theatre
Teahouse
Theatre 
15–16 Feb 2020

Sichuan People's Art Theatre
Teahouse

Following his critically acclaimed staging of Hamlet at the 2019 HKAF, director Li Liuyi brings local audiences another thought-provoking adaptation: Lao She’s Teahouse, a sweeping portrait of the forces of modernity told in three acts of history.

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Following his critically acclaimed staging of Hamlet at the 2019 HKAF, director Li Liuyi brings local audiences another thought-provoking adaptation: Lao She’s Teahouse, a sweeping portrait of the forces of modernity told in three acts of history.
“Classic works should live on, on the stages of every generation. They shouldn’t be left to collect dust on our bookshelves.” Li Liuyi

Following his critically acclaimed staging of Hamlet at the 2019 HKAF, director Li Liuyi brings local audiences another thought-provoking adaptation: Lao She’s Teahouse, a sweeping portrait of the forces of modernity told in three acts of history.

Written to general praise in 1957 at the height of the Hundred Flowers Movement, the play was performed only twice by the Beijing People’s Art Theatre before falling prey, like its author, to the fervour of the Cultural Revolution. Spanning some fifty years—from the twilight of the crumbling Qing dynasty to the dawn of the Warlord Era and society’s turning tides post-WWII—Teahouse follows the fortunes of the patrons and proprietors of the city’s last remaining traditional teahouse. Voices mingle, tensions brew, and affairs of state never leave the ordinary life untouched.

Since its revival in the 1970s, Teahouse has remained a stalwart of modern Chinese theatre, appearing faithful to its original on stages worldwide; it is only recently that creatives have attempted giving the classic a contemporary revamp. Li Liuyi’s new version transplants the iconic tale from Beijing to the rich tea culture of Chengdu, infusing Lao She’s Beijing-dialect original with the wit and force of Sichuanese inflections. With a new ending, extended timeline and expanded cast, Teahouse pays homage to the life of the work and its author with a touch of spice to bring out all the intricate flavours of the original.
Playwright 
Lao She 

Director
Li Liuyi
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“Classic works should live on, on the stages of every generation. They shouldn’t be left to collect dust on our bookshelves.” Li Liuyi

Following his critically acclaimed staging of Hamlet at the 2019 HKAF, director Li Liuyi brings local audiences another thought-provoking adaptation: Lao She’s Teahouse, a sweeping portrait of the forces of modernity told in three acts of history.

Written to general praise in 1957 at the height of the Hundred Flowers Movement, the play was performed only twice by the Beijing People’s Art Theatre before falling prey, like its author, to the fervour of the Cultural Revolution. Spanning some fifty years—from the twilight of the crumbling Qing dynasty to the dawn of the Warlord Era and society’s turning tides post-WWII—Teahouse follows the fortunes of the patrons and proprietors of the city’s last remaining traditional teahouse. Voices mingle, tensions brew, and affairs of state never leave the ordinary life untouched.

Since its revival in the 1970s, Teahouse has remained a stalwart of modern Chinese theatre, appearing faithful to its original on stages worldwide; it is only recently that creatives have attempted giving the classic a contemporary revamp. Li Liuyi’s new version transplants the iconic tale from Beijing to the rich tea culture of Chengdu, infusing Lao She’s Beijing-dialect original with the wit and force of Sichuanese inflections. With a new ending, extended timeline and expanded cast, Teahouse pays homage to the life of the work and its author with a touch of spice to bring out all the intricate flavours of the original.
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Playwright 
Lao She 

Director
Li Liuyi