The ‘Chinese Macbeth’ is coming to Derby Guildhall

Red Dragonfly Productions are preseting DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan at Derby Guildhall next month
Red Dragonfly Productions are preseting DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan at Derby Guildhall next month

After the success of last year’s production of The Autumn of Han, Red Dragonfly Productions return to Derby this month with another exciting theatrical adaptation of a Chinese classic, DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan in time for Chinese New Year.

Often called the Chinese Macbeth it is an epic story of lust, jealousy and revenge, taken from the ancient Chinese classic The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

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.

DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan was adapted for the stage by Ross Ericson, who was behind the successful adaptation of The Autumn of Han and whose solo play The Unknown Soldier won much critical acclaim at Edinburgh Fringe last year.

The production is at the Guildhall Theatre at Derby LIVE Assembly Rooms on Thursday, February 11 at 7.30pm.