Taken from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and often referred to as the Chinese Macbeth, this is an epic tale of lust, jealousy and revenge.
It has been adapted for the stage by nominated British writer Ross Ericson - whose five star solo play ‘The Unknown Soldier’ has just received much critical acclaim at Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
“Us Europeans can often find classical Chinese drama a little impenetrable,” said Ericson.
“So my job has been to put the story into a structure and language that would be familiar to European audiences, whilst retaining the authenticity and spirit of the original text.”
The Empire is in turmoil and the tyrant DongZhuo, with the great warrior LuBu at his side, is systematically putting to the sword all those who oppose him.
The minister WangYun fears for the lives of his family.
But when both DongZhuo and LuBu show a lustful interest in DiaoChan - a singing girl of WangYun’s household - she comes up with a plan that could solve both their problems.
And a plan that would not only see DongZhuo fall but see her rise to the ranks of the nobility.
The British Theatre Guide describes it as a wonderful opportunity and experience to explore the culture and traditions of ancient China through their own mythology, in a manner that appeals to everyone.
DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan will be performed at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax on Thursday March 3 (8pm). This is part of a national tour before it opens at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End.
lCall 01422 349422 for tickets or go online at www. squarechapel.co.uk