Adelaide Festival Centre Trust
Adelaide Festival Theatre


Written By: Stan Lai
Directed By: Stan Lai


An epic theatre event, tracing the lives of three different families across half a century, by China’s most revered playwright and director, Stan Lai.

The Village is a deeply emotive coming-of-age story; expect to laugh and cry as heart-warming themes of identity, community and belonging are masterfully explored, appealing to the humanity within us all.

In the late 1940s, thousands of Communist-defeated Chinese Nationalist Party soldiers fled to safety with their families in makeshift “military dependents' villages” in Taiwan. Fifty years later, what was presumed to be a temporary refugee exile transformed into a permanent communal melting-pot that would vibrantly colour Taiwan’s cultural heritage forever.

Drawing from true life stories in such villages, legendary US-born director Stan Lai has captured poignant experiences and crafted a spell-binding set design and period costumes. Staged over 200 times worldwide, including in China, the UK and the US, and with standing ovations since its premiere a decade ago, The Village is a masterful and compassionate production that depicts the true, moving history of Taiwan.

"The Village is the pinnacle of our era of theatre" - The Beijing News
"Emotions are so real in this stunning epic that people are left crying and laughing at the same time" - The Straits Times

Approx. Running Time: 3hrs30mins (20min interval included)
Suitable for ages: 12 and up

Performance Dates:
Fri, 25 Oct 2019, 7:30PM
Sat, 26 Oct 2019, 7:30PM

Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide 5000



Concession $69.00
Groups 8+$68.00