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Chinese version drama to be restaged at NCPA


09-27-2016 01:15 BJT

Since its debut in the summer of 2009, China's production of the stage play "Jane Eyre" has sold out every single performance. Seven years later, the show will make a comeback at Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday.

Jane Eyre -- a name that resonates in the hearts and minds of countless women young and old. It also represents a love story which overcomes all obstacles of time and social class.

The Chinese production of Charlotte Bronte’s much adored classic has won over audiences across the country in all 100 showings. It is now returning to Beijing's NCPA to the delight of Chinese fans.

"The beauty of theater art is that every time we make a new rendition of a play, we always find something new, whether it's the lines, the actors' performances. Unlike movies, you don't get the chance to make several takes, but you could always revisit the play and try to perfect it," said Wang Xiaoying, director of "Jane Eyre".

The play is acclaimed for its delivery of the novel's authentic flavor. It tells of the Byronic master of Thornfield Hall, Rochester, falling in love with the governess of his adopted daughter.

Actress Yuan Quan, who played Jane Eyre in the play's debut in 2009, returns to the stage as the heroine once again.

"I’m as devoted to the role as ever. It’s my most adored role. It accompanied me growing up. Even after all these years, I can still find a spiritual nourishment from the role. It's as if I have gained some positive energy. If a play can give one actress that feeling, it must contain strength from faith alone," Yuan said.

And Wang Luoyong, who broke a western dominance on Broadway, is cast as the enigmatic master of Thornfield Hall, Edward Rochester.

He says his early days on Broadway helps him find the inner rage of Rochester.

The actors and actresses will take audiences through a thrilling, emotional journey at the NCPA from September 29th til October 6th.

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