Cast of Beijing’s ‘Art’ premier talk success, censorship, sandwiches

The first authorized English production of Yasmina Reza’s Art begins its four-day Beijing run from tonight, May 11. Since the London premiere of Christopher Hampton’s translation, with Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott as the three principals, Marc, Serge and Yvan, Art has raked in over $250 million worldwide, showcased innumerable all-star lineups, stunt... Read more »

About That Tiananmen Tank Man Image In Cirque du Soleil’s Beijing Show

Tiananmen Tank Man at Cirque du Soleil
On Friday, the opening night of Cirque du Soleil's three-night performance of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour in Beijing, a highly sensitive image was displayed on the giant big-screens above the stage in Wukesong MasterCard Arena: the Tiananmen Tank Man. As first reported by a local magazine, then excerpted by Shanghaiist:

A Scene-By-Scene Breakdown Of The Peking Opera Version Of Les Misérables

Les Mis
Tom Hooper's adaptation is getting all the press -- it's Oscar season, after all, and Les Misérables is up for Best Picture -- but years before, there was another, one might say bolder, attempt to adapt this musical classic. In 2006, students at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts actually wrote a Peking Opera version of Les Mis, which you can watch in its entirety on Youku (split into two parts, both embedded here). The video was posted three years ago, but Tea Leaf Nation flagged it just now, and since Les Mis is fresh on our minds, what better time to revisit this masterpiece?