Everlasting Regret

Date:2019-11-04      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Theatre

Dates: November 08 - 10, 2019


A mournful love story about a woman's ups and downs life for 40 years. In the 1940s, WANG Qiyao, who is still a middle school student, is selected as “Miss Shanghai”. Since then, she becomes a "cage bird" of a high-ranking official, and changes from a girl to a real woman. After the death of the high-ranking official, Shanghai is liberated. WANG Qiyao becomes an ordinary person to drift from place to place. She lives a plain life, but the inner emotions never subside. Her complicated relationship with several men is a strange combination of circumstances and reveals hidden resentment. Maybe she is doomed to loneliness. In the waves of the times, she sticks to her prior lifestyle, and gradually sinks down.

In the 1980s, WANG Qiyao aged about 50 cannot escape from her inexorable doom. She falls into a love with a nostalgic young man. In gloomy later years, she dies an unnatural death with endless grievances...

Produced By Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
Executive Presenter: ZHANG Huiqing
Executive Producer: TIAN Shui
Artistic Director : YU Rongjun
Managing Producer: PEI Shushu 
Original Author: WANG Anyi
Playwright: ZHAO Yaomin
Chief Director: SU Leci
Director: ZHOU Xiaoqian
Composer: WANG Jiwei
Set Designer: Liu Xinglin

Starring: SHEN Jiani
Acknowledgement: LI Shengying


Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

The Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre is the only national drama art performance theatre in Shanghai and one of the best drama theatres in China. The Center has a big group of Chinese first-class experienced playwrights, directors, artists and set designers, who have long been engaged in performing art creation together. It also has three full-featured professional theatres of different sizes that can accommodate an audience of one thousand. Every year, the Center gives more than eight hundred performances of various types, including drama commission performances, exchange performances, introduced drama performances and touring performances, for an audience of more than 300 thousand from home and abroad. In response to Shanghai's positioning as an international cultural metropolis, the Center adheres to the national core values and aims to play a demonstration role in industry development. It insists on creating drama with the people at the core and strives to develop into an internationally prestigious modern theatre that matches Shanghai’s status.

The Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, founded on January 23rd, 1995, is a merger of the Shanghai People's Art Theatre and the Shanghai Youth Drama Troupe, which was home to outstanding graduates of the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Since ushering in a new period of historical development, the members of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre have further expanded and reformed the drama performance art by inheriting and carrying forward the glorious tradition of the predecessors in an effort to erect a bridge of the drama performance art for the audience. They have carried off many national, provincial and municipal awards for drama writing, directing, performance and set design, including the National Project to the Distillation of the Stage Art Award, the "Five-One" Project Award by Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, the Wenhua Award by the Ministry of Culture, the Plum Blossom Prize, the CAO Yu Script Award, the China Golden Lion Award for Drama and the Magnolia Award. Besides, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre focuses very much on expanding its cultural exchanges with other countries in the world to learn advanced drama composition ideas from them and produce drama art works from an international perspective. Over the past 20 years since its establishment, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre has produced and staged 262 Chinese and foreign works for an audience of 6.8 million. The Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre has given drama performances in more than 100 Chinese cities and more than 50 countries including the UK, the USA, France, Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Romania, Austria, Italy, South Korea, Ireland, Egypt, Germany and Turkey. It has attended dozens of foreign art festivals, including the "Moscow Chekhov International Theatre Festival", "Singapore International Drama Festival", "Seoul Performing Arts Festival", "UK International Shakespeare Festival", "Sibiu International Theater Festival" and "Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre". The Centre has staged 176 excellent dramas from 48 countries in Shanghai. The Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre’s over twenty years of efforts have won wide acclaim from the domestic and overseas drama artists and enthusiastic praise from a wide audience. The Centre has established a steady drama performance market in Shanghai and attracted theatre troupes from all over the country and around the world.