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International Children's Tales Taken to the Chinese Theatre Stage
   2016-07-18 11:28:40    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu

A children's play The Little Prince was shown at China National Theatre for Children in Beijing on Saturday morning, July 16, 2016.[Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]


When The Little Prince, a beloved classic French tale was taken on stage in the China National Theatre for Children after an adaptation on the weekend, many young audiences and their parents were yelling together with laughter at the show.

Yang Cheng, who recently directed the show a Box of Idioms staged by several actors from the US Missoula Children's Theatre, turned to play the pilot in The Little Prince, literally translated as Xiao Wang Zi in Chinese.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who is a French author, journalist and pilot, wrote The Little Prince in 1943, one year before his death.

The story follows a little prince who left his own planet following a quarrel with his rose. Along the journey, he encountered a ruddy fox, who taught him that love means responsibilities. After that, he decided to return home taking responsibilities.

The Little Prince appears to be a simple children's tale, but it is believed to be sprinkled with philosophy and poetic metaphor.

Young audiences who missed watching it over the past weekend may visit the theatre next weekend since The Little Prince will also be shown both next Saturday and Sunday morning.

During the ongoing China Children's Theatre Festival, a number of other international children's tales have also been adapted for the theatre stage.

Peter Pan, a mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up under the pen of Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie, was also brought to life on the theatre stage this weekend.

After two shows in Beijing, "Peter Pan" will travel to other cities, including Shanghai, Ningbo, Jinan and Tianjin, to amuse local young audiences.

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