Large-scale drama Wangfujing, originally produced by NCPA after more than two years of painstaking efforts, features a grand panoramic view and showcases the hundred-year vicissitudes of Wangfujing, China's No.1 commercial street. It vividly outlines the image and spirit of Beijing people and displays a rich and profound Beijing flavor.
NCPA is considered as an important cultural landmark of capital Beijing. There is no doubt the NCPA would produce a large-scale drama for Beijing people to showcase their profound spiritual characteristics and heroic national integrity. The impression of Beijingers has long been somewhat simple, biased and superficial, but in fact, these people living in the royal city are not only sincere and passionate, but have broad mind and great bearing, as well as value integrity and righteousness. The NCPA hopes that this drama can sketch out a spiritual portrait of Beijing people.
As 'China's No. 1 street', Wangfujing epitomizes the comings and goings for one century and conveys the rich spirit of Beijing people. The unusual golden street has naturally become an effective carrier of the drama. In the play, Wangfujing is not merely the old street in the real word, but a symbol of core values, which represents the spirit of Beijing people: hardworking, passionate, resilient, tolerant and optimistic!
Zheng Tianwei Playwright Level-A scriptwriter in Beijing People's Art Theatre
Main Works: During 1995-1997, drama Antique depicting old Beijing from 1902 to 1937, performed by Beijing People's Art Theatre as a gift for its 45th anniversary
In 2000, drama Wuchang & Nvdiao, performed by the Beijing People's Art Theatre
In 2008, drama Life & Live, performed by the Beijing People's Art Theatre
During 2009-2010, drama Wangfujing, performed by NCPA.
Starring in movie: Liquorice in Licorice (winning Prague International Film Festival Gold Award)
Starring in dramas of Beijing People's Art Theatre: Ming Feng in Home, Sifeng in Thunderstorm, Chen Bailu in Sunrise, Ai Bi in Desire under the Elms, etc.
Ren Ming Director Ren Ming is a director and deputy dean of Beijing People's Art Theatre, Member of Art Committee of NCPA. He has directed more than sixty drama works, including Beijing Grandpa, South Street & North Yard, Family Album, Sunrise, Lotus, I Love Peaches Blossom, Desire under the Elms, Football Club, The First Intimate Contact, Caring Friends, etc.
Gao Guangjian Stage Designer & Visual Effects Supervisor Gao Guangjian is a stage supervisor of NCPA and a national level-I stage designer, an outstanding expert of the Ministry of Culture. He has acted as stage designer in more than 100 stage plays and large-scale performances. He has won "Wenhua Award for Stage Art Design" conferred by the Ministry of Culture for several times. Main works: operas Turandot, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Plain, dance dramas Dream of Dunhuang, The Old Summer Palace, Marco Polo, etc.
Liu Hui as Tong Shouchun Graduated from Shanghai Theatre Academy, Liu Hui is a performer of Beijing People's Art Theatre. Major works include dramas Sunrise (starring Li Shiqing), Cai Wenji (starring Zuoxian Princess), Hamlet (starring Laertes), Oasis in the Heart (starring Yang Shanzhou), The Poison (starring Ji Jie) and Relationship (starring Liu Tian).
Wang Gang as the Royal Highness Wang Gang is a performer of Beijing People's Art Theatre. His main works include dramas Teahouse (starring younger and elder Erdezi), Sunrise (starring Pan Yueting), Mutiny (starring prosecutor Charlie), The No. 1 Restaurant in China (starring Luo Datou) and Bosom Friends (starring Prime Minister Mingzhu).
Zhan Weihua as Xiao Manjin Zhan Weihua is a famous actor, graduated from Class 93 of Performance Department of the Central Academy of Drama, starring as Zhang Dabiao in TV series Brave Sword, Gao Bingzhong in Blooming Buttercup, Dong Lin in Remarried Woman; Lang Ning in drama Whose Wife Enters into Wrong Room, etc.
Wang Jinsong as Xiye Wang Jinsong is a member of Chinese Communist Party and deputy dean of Performance School of the Beijing Film Academy. In 1994, he was assigned to the China Youth Art Theater. In 1999, he was transferred to the Beijing Film Academy as a teacher. He created more than 10 dramas and starred in dramas Ask the Sword, Beijing Grandpa, Girl in Flower Room, The Red Letter, Niu Meng, etc.; he starred in more than 20 films, Red Light, Stop! Green Light, Go!,The Second Best in the World, Have Fun for Nothing, Imperial Tattoo, Cinema for the Blind, etc. In 2010, he starred in Zhao's Orphan (directed by the famous director Chen Kaige), Zhang Yimouss film Love of Haw Tree; he starred in more than 20 TV series such as Do Not Talk to Strangers, The Last Concubine, Phantom Lover, Eight Brothers, Beautiful Things, Spring & Autumn Annals of Confucius, etc. During 10 years, as a teacher in the Beijing Film Academy, he has directed Hamlet, Game Starts from Here, Life Images, Role, Us, Phantom Lover, etc. In August 2009, A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by him was performed at the Edinburgh Art Festival, which is reputed as a four-star performance.
Wang Changli as Bianye As a national-level Grade-A performer, Wang Changli rolls out such main works as dramas Wang Jianshe Serves as Official (starring Wang Jianshe's father), Beijing Man (starring Zhang Shun), Midnight Disco (starring Young Li) and Training in Turn (starring non-local person). He plays the role of Chen Deng in TV series Romance of Three Kingdoms, who is widely acclaimed. By virtue of the role of Squad Leader Niu in Soldier's Diary, he wins the Second Prize of the PLA Performance. He plays the role of father in Growth, and wins Best Performance Award of the 8th International Children's Movie Bronze Bull Award for the Chinese Movie.
Cong Lin as Tong Fuhe Cong Lin is a performer of Beijing People's Art Theatre, who plays many roles in more than 60 works such as dramas Thunderstorm, Teahouse, Rickshaw Boy, The No. 1 Restaurant in China, Mutiny, Lotus, Bosom Friends and Sunrise. Cong Lin always follows the creation principle of realism in director's work.
Cheng Lisha as Yun'er Cheng Lisha, an actor of Beijing People's Art Theatre, has ever starred in drama The First Intimate Contact, Affectionate Men & Women, Hamlet, etc., films and TV series The Secret History of the Qing Emperor Nur Ha Chi, Big Dock, Change Son For Becoming a Dragon, The Last Princess and She Would Marry a Millionaire, Love in a Fallen City, etc.
Wangfujing covers a time-span of 100 years from 1910 to 2010. It is divided into two parts with the first part ending with the year 1948, one year before the founding of the People's Republic of China. Centering on the vicissitudes of Ludinghong, a hat store, the play reflects the past bitterness of Wangfujing, tells the ups and downs of Beijing and takes the audience to explore the history and walk close to the streets, people, stories and spirit of Beijing.