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Mainland Chinese old people keep historic, disappearing opera art alive
White makeup covering their aged faces, Chinese performers -- all aged over 50 -- don richly colored robes and false beards to belt out tunes passed down for more than two centuries.
 
Sets built for British television show "Jekyll and Hyde" have been shipped to the Calais "Jungle" as shelters for migrants and refugees after the series was cancelled, its creator has announced.
 
Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is turning the 1975 bank robber movie "Dog Day Afternoon" into a stage play.
 
Movements on the boards, less shows predicted for '16
Such was the profusion of large-scale musicals in 2015, it's pretty safe to predict that there will be fewer of them this year in Thailand.
 
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London is marking the 400th anniversary of the bard's death with a "Wonder Season" of some of his most famous plays.
 
Historic Charleston in the southeastern U.S. state of South Carolina is a large focus of this spring's 40th edition of the Spoleto Festival USA, from glimpses of the city in the iconic opera "Porgy and Bess" to the tragedy of the Emanuel AME Church shootings.
 
All the world's a stage: UK's RSC in 1st China tour
Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) embarks on its first major tour of China in 2016, presenting the Bard's history plays about bloodshed, honor and kingship in medieval England to a new and potentially vast audience.
 
Broadway cheer for Xmas as 18 shows break US$1 mil.
Fans of Broadway gave theater producers reasons to smile this Christmas, with 18 of the current 37 shows breaking the US$1 million mark for the week, led by "Hamilton," the new Andrew Lloyd Webber production "School of Rock -- The Musical" and Disney's "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."
 
"We've been tricked, my brother," says Reda in the final terrifying minutes of "Jihad," a short play ripped from the headlines about the odyssey of three young Muslims from the streets of Brussels to the horrors of Islamic State-inspired martyrdom in Syria.
 
The Tevye who first emerges in the latest revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" is wearing a modern winter jacket and reads the opening lines tentatively, as if from a history book. Then he strips off the jacket and melts into 1905.
 
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