DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan

London theatre news: Wednesday 4 May 2016

London Fringe - Opening

Based on the ancient Chinese legend of DiaoChan, an epic story of lust, jealousy and revenge - sometimes called the Chinese Macbeth - is heading to the Arts Theatre from 9 to 28 May 2016.

DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan

Image: Red Dragonfly Productions

Red Dragonfly Productions are about half-way through a three year programme to bring Chinese classic stories to the west.

They toured their first production - The Autumn of Han - during 2014 and 2015, and now they're into their second show - DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan - which they've already toured earlier in the year, and which is about to land at the Arts Theatre for a three week run from 9 May 2016.

The show is directed and adapted by Ross Ericson, and is performed in English.

Synopsis and background

Based on the ancient Chinese legend of DiaoChan, part of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, this work has been called a Chinese Macbeth, and brings to the stage an epic story of lust, jealousy and revenge.

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 - a plan that would see DongZhuo fall and see her rise to the ranks of the nobility.


Arts Theatre

Great Newport Street

London WC2H 7JB


9 May to 28 May 2016


£16/ £14 concessions

Age recommendation

Under 16s at parental discretion; unsuitable for those under 12.


Angelo Paragoso

Arthur Lee

Andrew Wong

Benjamin Lok

Siu-See Hung

Michelle Yim


Arts Theatre

Red Dragonfly Productions

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