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The theater

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During the 1930s and 1940s, left-wing literature and arts circles laid great emphasis on film and the theatre. During the Yan'an literature and arts movement in the 1940s, theater was a department that received special attention. Beginning in 1963, during the preparations for and the initiation of the cultural revolution, of all the arts the theatre, including western style drama, was seen as the art form best suited to the direct expression of political enthusiasm and imagination. Historical dramas were produced in various forms, notably western-style drama and Beijing opera. There were about twenty western-style plays in this genre, and, for the most part, their writers were of the older generation. From 1963 until the eve of "Cultural Revolution", there was a "high tide" for the theater, including western-style drama. During this period over three years, several national and regional joint performances and viewing and emulation festivals were organized.

Keywords: Beijing opera; left-wing art circle; left-wing literature circle; theater; western style drama; Yan'an literature

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