Romeo and Juliet (2001): Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, Mu-Lan Theatre Company
PrRomeo and Juliet (2001)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Paul Chan (Tybalt); Simon Greiff (Romeo); Bronwyn Mei Lim (Juliet); Pik-sen Lim (Nurse); Daniel York (Mercutio).
This production ran from 10 - 27 October 2001 at the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke and then toured to the Opera House, Jersey according to Daniel York's recollection. The programme states "The action takes place in Verona, a district in the Italian concession of the international settlement in Shanghai in the early 1930s, plus a scene in the province of Manchuguo (formerly known as Manchuria) to where Romeo is exiled." The cast list also includes a character breakdown, which helps to define the society: the Prince is Lao Da - Triad Boss, Capulet is a Chinese opium merchant and Montague is a British opium merchant.
"The Haymarket Theatre continues to spread its wings and flourish under the directorship of Alasdair Ramsay, whose latest brainwave sees the Hampshire venue teaming up with Mu-Lan Theatre Company to become the first British company to stage a Shakespeare play with a predominantly British-Chinese cast. Co-directed by Ramsay and Mu-Lan's Paul Courtenay Hyu, the piece has an original score by Hong Kong musician Tsui Lung Wei. The action, meanwhile, is set in 1920s Shanghai, against the backdrop of the city's criminal underworld, with the two lovers, one Chinese the other British, separated by nationality and culture as well as by the feud between their families." ~ The Guardian Guide, 13 October 2001