Wild Swans to fly onto London stage

04/10/2011 by Victoria Jones

Jung Chang's megaselling family history Wild Swans is to be adapted for the stage

Chinese-born writer Jung Chang’s bestselling memoir Wild Swans is to come to the stage next year for the first time.

A collaboration between the Young Vic in London, the American Repertory Theatre and Actors Touring Company, the book has been adapted for the stage by playwright Alexandra Wood and will be directed by Sacha Wares, who directed "Sucker Punch" at the Royal Court.

Chang’s memoir, which has sold over 10 million copies in 30 languages is still banned in mainland China. It tells the story of three generations of women in Chang’s family (Chang's grandmother, mother and herself) during the 20th century, bringing to life the hardships suffered by ordinary people under the dictatorship of Mao.

HarperPress will also publish a 21st anniversary edition of Wild Swans in March 2012, including a new introduction by Chang.

The play will premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston on 11th February 2012, before coming to London’s Young Vic from 13th April-13th May next year.

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