Chinese elements add 'international' character to Shakespeare's hometown

  
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Statues of William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu at Stratford, UK, taken on April 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

LONDON -- Chinese cultural elements commemorating Tang Xianzu, a playwright known as "the Shakespeare of Asia," offer an "international" character to Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare, a Shakespeare scholar has told Xinhua.

Tang and Shakespeare were contemporaries and both died in 1616. Although they could never have met, there are common themes within their works, said Paul Edmondson, head of research for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

"Some of the things that Tang was writing about were also Shakespeare's concerns. I happen to know that Tang's play  The Peony Pavilion  is similar in some ways to  Romeo and Juliet ," said Edmondson, also an honorary fellow of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham.

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The Peony Pavilion at Firs Garden, 10 minutes' walk from Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford, UK, taken on April 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

A statue commemorating Shakespeare and Tang was installed at Shakespeare's birthplace garden in 2017.

Two years later, a six-meter-tall pavilion, inspired by  The Peony Pavilion , was unveiled at the Firs Garden, just 10 minutes' walk from Shakespeare's birthplace.

Those stable cultural legacies have made Stratford visible "in international place," said Edmondson, adding that visitors walking through the Shakespeare Birthplace garden were often intrigued to find the connection between those two literary giants.

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Statues of William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu at Stratford, UK, taken on April 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Edmondson appreciates China's efforts in promoting cultural exchanges between China and Britain over the years, especially in terms of "continuing to connect with Shakespeare."

Recalling watching a Chinese opera version of Shakespeare's play Richard III in Shanghai and meeting Chinese actors who came to Stratford a few years ago to perform parts of  The Peony Pavilion , Edmondson said, "It was very thrilling to hear the Chinese language and to see how Tang's play was being performed."

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The Peony Pavilion at Firs Garden, 10 minutes' walk from Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford, UK, taken on April 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

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People walk pass the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford, UK on April 20 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

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The birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford, UK, taken on April 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

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The Peony Pavilion at Firs Garden, 10 minutes' walk from Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford, UK, taken on April 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Statues of William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu at Stratford, UK, taken on April 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

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2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

As I had visited Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's birth place a half a century ago I was quite fascinated to see this article, and that "East is east and west is west and now the twain hath met".

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Are there ary other NT members with some knowledge of English Literature who would be as surprised as I was at the "connection" between Shakespeare and Tang, and what has been done in Stratford to promote it?

 
 

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