In the aftermath of a violent coup, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge plays out as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his childhood.
Sometimes referred to as the Chinese Hamlet and tracing its origins to the 4th century BC, The Orphan of
Zhao was the first Chinese play to be translated in the West.
This beautiful new adaptation
is written by James Fenton and Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
Gregory most recently directed Written on the Heart
in and Julius Caesar as part of the
World Shakespeare Festival.
James Fenton is an international award-winning poet and
playwright. He has worked widely both as political and literary journalist and