(from Sina English, 7/28/2016)

LEEDS, Britain, July 28 (Xinhua) — This year marks not only 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, but also that of the great Ming dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu. Students from China and UK's universities on Wednesday performed the two drama masters' works on the stage of Leeds University.

To commemorate both anniversaries, students from the University of Leeds and the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing jointly performed Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tang Xianzu's A Dream Under The Southern Bough, as part of the Leeds Intercultural Theater Festival.

With the two texts and the overarching theme of "dreaming," UIBE's students perform a piece inspired by the mechanical and fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, while students at the University of Leeds performed a contemporary response to Tang Xianzu's A Dream Under The Southern Bough.

Both pieces are set in the same woodland location with characters and stories entwining and overlapping. Each story can be performed individually but can be only fully appreciated when combined together. The two "dreams" bring together Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu as well as Britain and China.



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