“It is not just about the collision of two different ancient empires, but also a Pride and Prejudice written by Lao She.” – Beijing Evening News
The combination of Beijing style and London charm makes a unique Lao She comedy
Mr. Ma, who dreams to be a Mandarin, has gone to London with his son to take over the antique shop left by his deceased brother, hence reluctantly becoming a modest merchant. The father and son lodge at the home of Mrs. Wedderburn. As time breeds love, a bitter-sweet, satirical love story unfolds. Old school Chinese values meeting Western ideologies, Mr. Ma and Son reflects on the exchange and collision between Chinese and Western cultures, with tinges of Beijing-style wit and English humour.
Mr. Ma and Son, adapted from Lao She’s namesake classic novel, is a unique Beijing-style drama presented by famous Chinese playwright, director and actor Fang Xu, with Shu Yi and Shu Ji, children of Lao She, as literature consultants, and famous performing artist Siqin Gaowa as art consultant. Apart from continuing the witty and humorous flairs as of Lao She’s original work, this production, which is performed by an all-male cast, adds new elements to pay tribute to the classic work in a new dimension.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours, no interval
Performed in Mandarin, with surtitles in Chinese and English
Original Text: Lao She
Playwrights: Fang Xu and Guo Yi Wen
Director: Fang Xu
Main Cast: Fang Xu and Liu Xin Ran