Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu—a shared celebration

This is not only the year of Shakespeare, who died 400 hundred years ago this year, but it is also the year of another dramatic heavyweight who died in the same year, to be precise in this month of July.

Separated from Shakespeare by thousands of miles, Tang Xianzu, a Chinese playwright from the Ming dynasty, had written some important Chinese theatrical classics.

In commemoration of the deaths of these two theatrical greats, a series of productions is taking place in China (including a Gecko adaptation of The Peony Pavilion) and some productions are coming to the UK, to London and to the Edinburgh Fringe.