The Orphan of Zhao

The Orphan of Zhao was the first Chinese play to be translated into English and is often referred to as the Chinese Hamlet.  It tells the story of power-crazed  courtier Tu’an Gu who brutally kills the noblemen who stand in his way.  This includes Zhao Dun and his entire clan. However, Zhao Dun’s infant son survives under a different identity and is adopted by Tu'an Gu as his son. But the Orphan of Zhao will inevitably find out the truth about his identity and avenge his father's death.

This is a new translation by James Fenton and was first performed by the RSC in 2012/2013. This will be only the second performance of The Orphan of Zhao in the country.

Off the Ground Youth Theatre has been running for 18 years.  Recent productions have included Overspill and Cotton Wool at The UnityOthello in the The Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral and A Midsummer Nights Dream in Royden Park.  We are currently working with Tmesis and will be teaching and performing  as part of the PhysicalFest Youth Festival at The Bluecoat .


The Orphan of Zhao will be on Thurs 26th till Sat 28th March.

For the first time Off The Ground Youth Theatre will be performing in the Liverpool Everyman Studio Theatre