Celebrating our work with China through Chinese New Year.

This evening the Year of the Monkey draws to an end in the Chinese calendar, as the Year of the Rooster begins.

Today (Friday 27 January) is Spring Festival Eve – one of the most important nights of the year for people in China and an important time for families to get together. The festivities start today and will continue until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new year.

A tree decorated with fairy lights and red lanterns for Chinese New Year
A tree decorated with lanterns and lights for New Year in Beijing.
Photo by Yangyang Tao © RSC – Image Licensing

The years of the Monkey and the Rooster are big years for us in our work with China. Last year we toured our King and Country plays to China and translated Henry V into Mandarin. This year we have translated King Lear into Mandarin and we are currently in rehearsals for Snow in Midsummer, the first play in our Chinese Translations Project which brings Chinese classics to a modern Western audience.

To mark Chinese New Year we will be celebrating China and Chinese culture on our website and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the next week.

Find out more about our cultural exchange with China


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