‘Staging China’, an international practice-led research network with its hub in Leeds, is a development from the project ‘Performing China on the Global Stage’. It brings together academics, research students and theatre practitioners to reinvigorate Chinese theatre as a practice led and cross disciplinary subject. It aims to influence academic institutions/researchers and to impact on performing industries/the public.
19-20 October 2018, China National Peking Opera Company performed The Emperor and the Concubine and The Monkey King and the Crossroads Inn at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Professor Ruru Li of the University of Leeds contributed an introduction to the performance programme
11 October 2018, Lisa Lu, the renowned actor, was invited to discuss her performing arts journey through over 60 years in both films and theatres, from Hollywood to Hong Kong, at the British Library
2017, Upon the completion of his six-month visit to the University of Leeds, Staging China visiting scholar, Professor Dongping Ran published (in Chinese) his contemplation on the role that Staging China has played in facilitating and promoting Sino-UK cultural exchanges in the field of theatre.
13-28 September 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming Under the Southern Bough China Tour in Shanghai, Beijing and Fuzhou (Tang Xianzu’s hometown)
5 – 13 August 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming Under the Southern Bough at Edinburgh Fringe 2016
27 July 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming Under the Southern Bough World Premier & a public talk by His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming
17 June 2016, Press Conference & Open Rehearsal of Dreaming Under the Southern Bough
13 May 2016, Traditional Chinese Theatre Workshop
26 April 2016, Lion Dance and traditional Chinese opera performance as a part of the Fuzhou Culture Week, China, presented by the People’s Government of Fuzhou City
20 April 2016, The display of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the University of Leeds Library Special Collection and a public lecture, China in the Culture of Shakespeare’s England, by Professor Martin Butler at the University of Leeds
14 – 28 March 2016, Shakespeare on Film, a public lecture tour of China in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Hangzhou by Professor Martin Butler from School of English, University of Leeds(British Academy Fellow)
8 March 2016, Dream as “Being”: Du Liniang and her field of “being”, a public lecture by Professor Zou Yuanjiang from the University of Wuhan at the University of Leeds. The talk was subsequently held in Newcastle, Aberdeen and London (SOAS)
2 March 2016, Shakespeare Music and Performance, a public lecture by Professor David Lindley & Mr. Steve Ansell at the University of Leeds
12 October 2015, The Official Launch of William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu: celebrating a 400 year legacy project
March 26-27 2015, Leeds-Newcastle Drama translation Colloquium
25 March 2015, Stage@leedstouring presents Murder by Wan Fang at 5:00pm on Wed 25 March at Alec Clegg Studio, more information visit.
8 & 9 May 2014 Leeds- Newcastle Colloquium Translating 21st Century Chinese Drama, Newcastle University (S Ansell, S Daniels, Li, R and student theatre company stage@leedscompany)19 May 2014, 5:15PM Staging China Presents: Traditional Chinese Opera and Chinese Culture
7 May 2014 Seminar: Translating Cultures and the Research Network (S Daniels & Li, R), School of Performance & Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
18 – 25 April 2014 Staging China symposium at the 9th Chinese Language Theatre Festival Chinese Theatrical Adaptations of Shakespeare Zhejiang University, China (Li, R)
27 Feb 2014, 16:30 – 18:00 Open lecture: Jingju (Beijing Opera): Breathing New Life into the Tradition, School of Music, University of Leeds (Li, R)
19 Feb 2014, 17.10 -19:00 Open lecture: Mei Lanfang and Modern China by Visiting Professor Fu, Jin (Nanjing University & National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, China). Alec Clegg Studio, stage@leeds, University of Leeds. [/col]