Drama about anti-opium hero to debut at China's top performing arts center
BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- A drama, which features the story of Lin Zexu, a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) official, who led the fight against opium smuggling, will be staged at the Beijing-based National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) between Dec. 14 and 22.
The play "Lin Zexu" was co-produced by the NCPA and Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Center as this year marks the 180th anniversary of Lin destroying opium at Humen in south China's Guangdong Province in 1839.
Lin ordered the destruction of more than 1,000 tonnes of smuggled opium confiscated from British dealers at Humen.
Directed by Wang Xiaodi, the drama looks back at the history and portrays a group of people in the upheavals of a crumbling empire. It features veteran actor Pu Cunxin as the protagonist and actress Xu Fan as Zheng Shuqing, Lin's wife.