Plays Directory : Madam Butterfly

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    David Henry Hwang
  • Written
    1988
  • Setting
    A Paris prison, 1988; recollections of Beijing and Paris
  • Overview
    The play was inspired by Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly. The first act introduces the main character, Rene Gallimard, who is a civil servant attached to the French embassy in China. He falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera diva, Song Liling, who is actually a man masquerading as a woman. In traditional Beijing opera, females were banned from the stage; all female roles (dan) were played by males.

    Act two begins with Song coming to France and resuming his affair with Gallimard. They stay together for 20 years until the truth is revealed, and Gallimard is convicted of treason and imprisoned. Unable to face the fact that his "perfect woman" is actually a man, he retreats deep within himself and his memories. The action of the play is depicted as his disordered, distorted recollection of the events surrounding their affair.

    The third act portrays Gallimard committing seppuku (also known as harakiri, ritual Japanese suicide through self-disembowelment) while Song watches and smokes a cigarette.
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5 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Abigail Penrhyn-Lowe
2018, Geisha
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Christina Semertzaki
Christina Semertzaki
Makeup Artist
2017, Hair and Makeup Assistant
King's Head Theatre
Verity Drew Firth
Verity Drew Firth
Child Actor
2017, Sorrow
The Kings Head Theatre, Islington
Daniel Hampton
Daniel Hampton
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, Deputy Stage Manager
Marta Roca
Marta Roca
Costume Designer
2016, Costume designer and maker
Harriet Fowler
Harriet Fowler
Wardrobe Assistant
2016, Dresser
London Coliseum
Saori Oda
Saori Oda
Actor
2016, Dancer/puppeteer
Coliseum
Ingrid Polakovicova
Ingrid Polakovicova
Costume Maker
2016, Tailor
Saori Oda
Saori Oda
Dancer
2016, Dancer/Puppeteer
Colosseum
Sade Bisch
Sade Bisch
Costume Assistant
2016, Dresser
London Coliseum
Joshua Lim
Joshua Lim
Child Actor
2015, Child Actor
The Royal Albert Hall, London
Keshini Ranasinghe
Keshini Ranasinghe
Wardrobe Assistant
2015, Dresser
Royal Albert Hall
Hector Bateman-Harden
Hector Bateman-Harden
Child Actor
2015, Sorrow
Melody Chai
Melody Chai
Child Actor
2015, Rich Girl
Royal Albert Hall
Eleanor Butcher
Eleanor Butcher
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, Deputy Stage Manager
Royal Albert Hall
Hannah Halden
Hannah Halden
Deputy Stage Manager
2015, Dresser
Royal Albert Hall
Ben Sedgwick
Ben Sedgwick
Stage Manager
2015, Senior Stage Manager
Royal Albert Hall
Georgina Felce
Georgina Felce
Wardrobe Assistant
2015, Dresser
The Royal Albert Hall
Laura Thatcher
Laura Thatcher
Company Stage Manager
2015, Company Manager
Royal Albert Hall
Evgeniia Galeeva
Evgeniia Galeeva
Costume Assistant
2015, Wardrobe Assistant
Royal Albert Hall