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A classic Shakespearean play with a Tibetan twist

Updated: May 13, 2021 By ZHANG KUN in Shanghai chinadaily.com.cn Print
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A new production of Hamlet, which features 22 students from a Tibetan class at the Shanghai Theater Academy, takes to the stage of Shangxi Theater in Shanghai. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]

The most famous line in Hamlet, "To be or not to be, that's the question," was uttered in the Tibetan language for the first time in Shanghai on May 7.

Staged at Shangxi Theater, the new production of Hamlet, which features 22 students from a Tibetan class at the Shanghai Theater Academy, was directed by Pu Cunxin, chairman of the Chinese Dramatists Association and a famous actor.

The production is being performed in two languages. The Mandarin edition was staged on the evenings of May 7 to 11, while the Tibetan version took place on May 8, 9 and 12. A new round of shows will be available today (Mandarin edition) and tomorrow (Tibetan edition).

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