In 2012, the National Theatre of China (NTC) came to London to perform a reimagined version of Richard III upon Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre stage as part of the Globe to Globe Festival. The production returned for a second time in 2015 to mark the UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange. It ran for five days from the 20th of July until the 25th.
The production stood out because of the way in which Wang Xiaoying, Artistic Director and Vice President of the National Theatre of China, integrated traditional Chinese cultural elements into the timeless and enduring story of Richard III. UK audiences were able to watch Shakespeare’s historic play with a new and innovative perspective.