BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The British TNT Theater will stage a new version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" in seven Chinese cities from Oct. 20 to Nov. 29.
Cui Yang, general manager of the Beijing-based Milky Way Arts and Communications Co., Ltd, the play's importer, said the new version featured a cappella (singing without instrumental accompaniment) and live score which was specially commissioned for the play.
According to Cui, all the sound effects in the drama were created by human voices instead of being pre-recorded.
The TNT Theater, founded in 1980, has been distinguished for its simple stage decoration, strong British style and cross-gender performances. It has previously won acclaims of Chinese audience with dramas such as Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" and Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
Director Paul Stebbings said such simplistic style helps reveal the sorrow and ecstasy of the characters in the story to the utmost.
The tour will run in Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, Ningbo, Hangzhou and Xi'an.
In addition, the theater will also stage Jonathan Swift's classic "Gulliver's Travels" on November 13 and 14 in Beijing.