When the Bard met his Chinese match
Updated: 2016-04-08 08:19
By Wang Mingjie(China Daily Europe)
A comparison of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu from various scholars
"They were both great playwrights; they extracted material from others' works and challenged conventions in drama."
Zhao Jingshen (1902-1985), a Chinese novelist
"Neither had the freedom to make up stories to reveal the nature of reality. Instead, they chose to borrow ancient legend to criticize the reality."
Xu Shuofang (1923-2007), a scholar of Chinese classics
"They lived in an age when England and China were both experiencing a boom in theatrical culture."
Tian Yuan Tan, with the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies
Cultural Festival and International Conference on Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare in Suichang, Zhejiang province
Professor Martin Butler will give a talk on China on the culture of Shakespeare's England at Leeds University
Dr. Catherine Swatek will discuss “Peony Pavilion” at Rhodes College, Memphis, USA
Shakespeare's birthday; 400th anniversary celebrations will take place at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall will officially open its doors in Stratford-upon-Avon
Leeds Intercultural Theatre Festival will open at Leeds University and the play A Midsummer Night's DREAMING Under the Southern Bough will be performed
An exhibition about Tang Xianzu will be on display at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
A Tang Xianzu-Shakespeare Festival and conference will be held in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province