Rhinoceros in Love

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Rhinoceros in Love
poster for a 2014 production
Written byLiao Yimei
  • Ma Lu
  • Ming Ming
  • Heizi
  • Daxian
  • Toothbrush
  • Hong Kong
  • Lily
Date premieredJune 7, 1999 (1999-06-07)
Place premieredChina National Youth Theatre, Beijing
Original languageChinese (Mandarin)

Rhinoceros in Love is a Chinese play by Liao Yimei, originally directed by her husband Meng Jinghui in 1999, and subsequently performed more than 2,500 times and seen by more than a million people. The play was translated to English by Mark Talacko in 2012. A new English translation by Claire Conceison was commissioned by the BBC in 2014 for a radio play broadcast and was used for the surtitles for the play's US tours in 2017 and 2018.

The play describes the love of a rhinoceros feeder for a beautiful woman. It has been described as a 'classic drama' of modern Chinese theatre.[1][2][3][4]

It is a production of the National Theatre Company of China.

In August 2012, it became the first play in the People's Republic of China (1949- ) to reach 1,000 performances.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2009-03-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://english.cri.cn/3086/2008/06/10/1261@367448.htm
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2009-03-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.lifeofguangzhou.com/node_10/node_35/node_112/node_263/2009/03/18/123735884760439.shtml
  5. ^ http://en.people.cn/90782/7909353.html

External links[edit]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04lpqnn BBC radio broadcast of "Rhinoceros in Love" in English