The Orphan of Zhao archiveIn 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, and was adapted by Voltaire.


Matthew Aubrey (Ti Miming), Adam Burton (The Assassin), Joe Dixon (Tu'an Gu), Jake Fairbrother (Cheng Bo), Lloyd Hutchinson (Han Jue), Youssef Kerkour (Captain of the Guard), Chris Lew Kum Hoi (Ghost of Dr Cheng's Son/Demon Mastiff), Siu Hun Li (Demon Mastiff/Guard), Patrick Romer (Gongsun), James Tucker (Zhao Dun), Graham Turner (Dr Cheng), Stephen Ventura (Emperor Ling), Philip Whitchurch (Wei Jang), Lucy Briggs-Owen (The Princess), Nia Gwynne (Dr Cheng's Wife), Susan Momoko Hingley (Princess' Maid), Joan Iyiola (Demon Mastiff)


Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
Adapted by: James Fenton
Director(s): Gregory Doran, Will Tuckett (movement)
Design: Niki Doran
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Music: Paul Englishby
Sound: Martin Slavin
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The Orphan of Zhao

The Orphan of Zhao (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01621927531. Details of all The Orphan of Zhao archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1974808676

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28 Mar 13
Swan Theatre

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