Cho Cho bi-lingual musical theatre set in Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne Seasons

September 13th, 2013



*SYDNEY and MELBOURNE Chinese Theatre

Cho Cho Sydney and Melbourne seasons announced.  Cho Cho, bi-lingual musical theatre set in Shanghai, directed by Peter Wilson, starring Scott Irwin and Chinese pop star Wang Zheng.

  • Sydney 24 – 28 September 2013
  • Melbourne  2-6 October 2013

The National Theatre of China and PlayKing Productions have announced the Sydney and Melbourne  seasons of their award winning Chinese-Australian production Cho Cho.

Cho Cho, an Australian-first bilingual musical drama, premiered at the National Theatre of China in Beijing in January and won the theatre and partnership categories of the Australian Arts in Asia Awards in Sydney last week. It encompasses theatre, music and puppetry and stars Australian musical theatre star Scott Irwin (Hairspray), director Peter Wilson (King Kong), plus Chinese pop star Wang Zheng.

Cho Cho is an updated version of Cho Cho San, Australian writer Daniel Keene’s 1980s reworking of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, exploring the theme of cross cultural misunderstanding leading ultimately to tragedy.

On a midsummer’s night, in a bustling 1930s Shanghai, a young maiden is seen by the river, softly singing a lullaby to the young child she cradles in her arms. Next we see her at 15, living off a meagre wage and working at a tea house where she was praised for her voice and beauty. It was here where she caught the attention of American Lieutenant Pinkerton, who called her by the name of ‘Butterfly’.

  • Sydney season Six performances; 24-28 September 2013
  • The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood
  • 1300 795 012
  • Melbourne season 2-6 October 2013
  • Arts Centre Melbourne

Co-Produced by: PlayKing Productions, National Theatre of China, Arts Centre Melbourne

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