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Cao Yu

Cao Yu  

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(1910–96)Chinese playwright, pen-name of Wan Jiabao. Cao's theatrical education began in Nankai Middle School in Tianjin, which had one of the earliest Western-style theatre programmes in northern ...
Chunliu She

Chunliu She  

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The Spring Willow Society, the first Chinese Western-style theatre group. In 1907 a group of Chinese students in Tokyo performed an act from The Lady of the Camellias by Dumas ...
Hong Kong

Hong Kong  

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British sovereignty (up to 1997)A territory on the south coast of China, situated on the mouth of the Pearl River, opposite Macao. The British occupied the island of Hong Kong in 1841, declaring it a ...
Ouyang Yuqian

Ouyang Yuqian  

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(1889–1962)Chinese actor, director, and playwright of both jingju (Beijing opera) and the Western-style huajü (spoken drama). As a student in Japan, he performed in the Chunliu She production of ...
Shanghai

Shanghai  

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The largest city in China and the theatrical centre of the south. Historically Shanghai had extensive contact with the West and was instrumental in the development of Western-style ‘spoken drama’ ...
Tian Han

Tian Han  

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(1898–1968)Chinese playwright. After six years in Japan, Tian returned to China in 1922 as an avid proponent of Western-style drama, giving it the name huajü in 1927. Apart from ...
wenming xi

wenming xi  

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‘Civilized drama’, an early form of Western-style theatre in China, the precursor of huajü. At the turn of the twentieth century China was forced to modernize after suffering repeated military ...
Ying Ruocheng

Ying Ruocheng  

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(1929–2003)Chinese performer and director of huajü (spoken drama). In 1949 he became a founding member of the Beijing People's Art Theatre, recognized as an ensemble devoted to a realist ...

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