Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    25 / 12 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Life & Culture

Encore to live - Huang Bo

By Raymond Zhou (China Daily)

09:29, September 14, 2012

(Photo/China Daily)

A modern literary classic gets a stage makeover, touching the heartstrings of a new generation and cementing Huang Bo's status as one of China's most solid thespians, writes Raymond Zhou in Beijing.

It is a bit early to proclaim the most powerful stage performance of the year, but Huang Bo in To Live is certainly a strong contender. During the first run of the play, from Sept 4 to 9 at the National Center of the Performing Arts, the comedian put himself squarely among the best of the country's dramatic actors, evident from the tears and cheers of the audience who greeted him. Yu Hua, whose novel of the same name served as the basis for the stage adaptation, was amazed at Huang's feat. Memorizing the enormous amount of lines alone must have been an arduous endeavor, he said. The three-hour play follows the original story very closely, another point for endorsement by the author. To Live chronicles the life of an ordinary farmer, Fugui, played by Huang Bo, who started as a good-for-nothing and ended up a symbol for the helplessness and suffering of a nation.

The protagonist epitomizes the resilience of the Chinese people and the survival instinct he displays in his tumultuous life. It is a testament to the national character we often take for granted.

The acclaimed novel was made into an equally acclaimed film in 1994 by China's top filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Though never formally released, it has been available through discs and online downloading.

【1】 【2】 【3】

News we recommend


Travel in China


Top 20 universities in the world 2012/13

Miss World Eco-tourism 2012

Top ten persons of London Paralympics

Which special tour is right for you?

When can Chinese shed Nobel Prize complex?

Men's health: 10 aging predictors


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Female sailors of "Jinggangshan" warship

  2. View the world: Every day is unusual (9/12)

  3. China's Apple fans on the wane?

  4. Top 10 attractions in Jiangxi, China

  5. Rare creatures found in the deep sea

  6. Top 10 countries with most holidays

Most Popular


  1. Libya fiasco shows sad reality of US policy
  2. Editorial: Davos seeks recovery path
  3. Bad language?
  4. Confrontation will be huge mistake for Japan
  5. New measures over Diaoyu just start

What's happening in China

19 workers in Wuhan killed after elevator plunges 100m

  1. Lobby wants tobacco out of quake relief
  2. Milk scandal culprits rehired
  3. Court takes 7 years off captain's jail term
  4. Websites, microblogs closed for fraud, blackmail
  5. Prestigious Tibetan monastery receives facelift

China Features

  1. North Korea's Kim, wife inspect Exercise Center
  2. A glimpse of Berlin Air Show
  3. The Museum makes dream come true
  4. When can Chinese shed 'Nobel Prize complex'?
  5. Where stands Beijing's first electric lamp?

PD Online Data

  1. Ministry of Water Resources
  2. Ministry of Railways
  3. People's Bank of China
  4. Ministry of Health
  5. Ministry of Culture