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#aiww: The Arrest Of Ai Weiwei

#aiww: The Arrest Of Ai Weiwei

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By turns surreal, hilarious, and terrifying, this portrait of the Artist in extreme conditions is an affirmation of the centrality of Art and freedom of speech in civilised society. Read More >

On 3 April 2011, as he was boarding a flight to Taipei, the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Airport. Advised merely that his travel “could damage state security”, he was escorted to a van by officials after which he disappeared for 81 days. On his release, the government claimed that his imprisonment related to tax evasion.

Howard Brenton’s new play is based on recent conversations with Ai in which he told the story of that imprisonment – by turns surreal, hilarious, and terrifying. A portrait of the Artist in extreme conditions, it is also an affirmation of the centrality of Art and of freedom of speech in civilised society.

 

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 11/04/2013

Opening Night: 17/04/2013

Closing Night: 18/05/2013

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Benedict Wong, Christopher Goh, Junix Inocian, Andrew Koji, Orion Lee, David Lee-Jones, Andrew Leung, Richard Rees and David Tse

Creative

Director - James Macdonald

Producer - Hampstead Theatre

Designer - Ashley Martin Davis

Choreographer - Scott Ambler

Lighting Designer - Matthew Richardson

Sound - Emma Laxton

Author - Howard Brenton

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