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DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan

4 star rating

Closed 28 May 2016

Arts Theatre

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, adapted for the stage by award nominated British writer Ross Ericson.
DiaoChan The Rise of the Courtesan at Arts Theatre

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Show details


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.

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: Under 16s at parental discretion; unsuitable for under 12s

Performed in English.

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6-7 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JB

Box office tel: 020 7836 8463

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Previews from:Monday 9 May 2016

Press night:Wednesday 11 May 2016

Closes:Saturday 28 May 2016

Performance days & times

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Saturday - 2-00pm


Running time: 2 hrs 00 mins





Angelo Paragoso - DongZhuo, Soldier & CaoCao

Arthur Lee - LüBu

Andrew Wong - WangYun

Benjamin Lok - LiSu & ZhangWen

Siu-See Hung - WangJingWei & DongZhuo’s Mother

Michelle Yim - DiaoChan, a courtesan


Author: Ross Ericson
Director: Ross Ericson
Production: Red Dragonfly Productions & Grist to the Mill Productions


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