Rachel Lu

Watch: Les Mis as Peking Opera

Jean Valjean and Cosette in the Peking Opera Version of Les Mis

Hugh Jackman is not the only one doing a new take on Jean Valjean. Les Misérables has been turned into a Peking opera and posted online.

This version of the Victor Hugo classic was written by students at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in 2006. If Mulan can become a Disney classic, there is no reason that Les Mis cannot become a Peking opera favorite. But what’s next? The Peking opera version of Hamlet already made its debut at the Edinburgh International Festival. @笑语嫣嫣 tweeted on Sina Weibo, “I think we can expect to see the Peking opera version of Pirates of the Caribbeans.”


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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.
  • Candy Smith

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