The Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre presents a bold new production of one of China's most beloved traditional dramas, Tang Xianzu's The Handan Dream.
In ancient China the height of ambition was to pass the imperial examinations and serve the nation. Lu, our dejected protagonist has tried and failed the exams three times. On his way home Lu stops at an inn, and whilst waiting to be served his food falls into a deep sleep where he dreams of an entire well-spent life.
From studying for exams; earning a degree, falling in love, getting married, having children, being slandered and condemned to death, Lu eventually is cleared of all charges and grows slowly into old age. Just as his food is about to be ready the young man wakes, only to realise it was nothing but a dream.