In June 2011 the first ever Mandarin language production of a first class musical opened in Shanghai to an ecstatic reaction from audiences, the Press and some might say most importantly, the Government. The Chinese version of Mamma Mia! has broken new ground, bringing London's West End to the Chinese population in their own language. As the newest world market for West End theatre what does the success of Mamma Mia! say about opportunities in China for British theatre and what does an appetite for West End productions say about modern China?
This is the third in a series of four 'Mondays at One' lectures on The Theatre in London.