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The Orphan of Zhao

The Orphan of Zhao was the first Chinese play to be translated into English and is often referred to as the Chinese Hamlet.  It tells the story of power-crazed  courtier Tu’an Gu who brutally kills the noblemen who stand in his way.  This includes Zhao Dun and his entire clan. However, Zhao Dun’s infant son survives under a different identity and is adopted by Tu'an Gu as his son. But the Orphan of Zhao will inevitably find out the truth about his identity and avenge his father's death.

This is a new translation by James Fenton and was first performed by the RSC in 2012/2013. This will be only the second performance of The Orphan of Zhao in the country.

Off the Ground Youth Theatre has been running for 18 years.  Recent productions have included Overspill and Cotton Wool at The UnityOthello in the The Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral and A Midsummer Nights Dream in Royden Park.  We are currently working with Tmesis and will be teaching and performing  as part of the PhysicalFest Youth Festival at The Bluecoat .


The Orphan of Zhao will be on Thurs 26th till Sat 28th March.

For the first time Off The Ground Youth Theatre will be performing in the Liverpool Everyman Studio Theatre

Tickets are Adult £10 and Cons £5



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     England and Wales

  • Sat 25th July        
  • Claremont Farm, Wirral             
  • Sun 26th July      
  • Lancaster Castle, Lancaster    
  • Tues 28th July      
  • Queens Park, Meols
  • Weds 29th July    
  • Maesmor Hall, Corwen
  • Fri 31st July        
  • Plas Newydd, Llangollen  
  • Sat Aug 1st        
  • Royden Park, Wirral
  • Sun 2nd Aug        
  • Hoghton Tower, Nr Preston
  • Weds 5th Aug      
  • Gwaenynog, Denbigh
  • Thurs 6th Aug      
  • Burton Manor, S. Wirral


      Ireland and Northern Ireland

  • Tues 11th Aug      
  • Baberstown Castle, Co Kildare
  • Thurs 13th Aug   
  • Glebe House and Gardens, West Cork
  • Fri 14th Aug          
  • Derreen House, Co Kerry
  • Sat 15th Aug        
  • Sherkin Island, West Cork
  • Tues 18th Aug      
  • Lisnavagh House, Co Carlow
  • Wed 19th Aug      
  • Drimnagh Castle, Dublin
  • Thurs 20th Aug    
  • Killruddery Gardens, Co Wicklow
  • Sat 22nd Aug      
  • Philipstown House, Co Louth
  • Sun 23rd Aug      
  • Killyleagh Castle, Co Down