Shakespeare in Hong Kong

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 27

"Last thing he did, dear queen, 
He kissed—the last of many doubled kisses— 
This orient pearl. His speech sticks in my heart."
Antony and Cleopatra (1.5.45-48)
 
Hong Kong, a former British colony, has been staging and teaching Shakespeare plays for nearly 150 years. In this episode from our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, we see how Shakespeare is stretched to tell a story of contemporary Hong Kong and colonialism in two important adaptations of Romeo and Juliet—"Crocodile River" and "Young Lovers". Then, in the 1980s, a local tradition of performing Shakespeare plays begins to merge with another art form—opera.
 
Alexa Huang, Professor of English of George Washington University, is an expert on Sino-European cultural exchange and the globalization of Shakespeare. Adele Lee is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Greenwich in England and the author of numerous articles about Shakespeare on film in Hong Kong. 
 
Huang and Lee are interviewed by Neva Grant. 
 

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. Published July 1, 2015. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved.
 
This episode was produced by Richard Paul; Garland Scott is the associate producer.  It was edited by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington.  We had help from Laura Green at the Sound Company. 
 

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