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Beijing People's Art Theater marks 72nd anniversary

By Chen Nan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-06-13 16:38

Veteran actor Wu Gang (left) talks about the classic Chinese play The Caine Mutiny, adapted from the novel of the same name by US writer Herman Wouk. The play, directed by Charlton Heston, premiered at the Beijing People's Art Theatre in 1988. [Photo provided to China Daily]

On Wednesday, the Beijing People's Art Theatre commemorated its 72nd anniversary with a 12-hour extravaganza held both at the theater and online. The celebration kicked off at 10 am at the Capital Theater, the esteemed home of the Beijing People's Art Theatre, where a gathering of artists spanning different generations, such as Feng Yuanzheng, Wu Gang, and Ding Zhicheng, engaged in discussions with the younger talents of the company.

Throughout the afternoon, the budding actors and actresses of the company showcased excerpts from timeless Chinese plays, captivating the audience with their performances and engaging in interactive sessions. Attendees were also granted the opportunity to explore the rehearsal spaces and museums within the Beijing People's Art Theatre premises.

Feng Yuanzheng (middle) during an event celebrating the 72nd birthday of the Beijing People's Art Theatre. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Established in 1952 and situated a brief stroll away from the vibrant Wangfujing pedestrian shopping street, the Beijing People's Art Theatre stands as a bastion of Chinese drama, renowned for nurturing numerous acclaimed actors and actresses while upholding a legacy of excellence and dedication.

Feng, a seasoned actor-director and the current president of the Beijing People's Art Theatre, highlighted the pivotal juncture the company is undergoing, with senior artists transitioning into retirement and fresh talents joining the ranks. "We are dedicated to providing platforms for young actors and directors to inherit and embody the ethos of the Beijing People's Art Theatre," Feng said.

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