National Theater Company of KOREA

The Orphan of Zhao: Seeds of Revenge

09 Apr, 2021~ 09 May, 2021

  • Venue

    Myeongdong Theater 

  • Genre


  • Show Time

    Weekdays 19:30ㅣSaturday, Sunday, Holyday 15:00ㅣNo performance on Tuesday

  • Tickets

    R 50,000KRW | S 35,000KRW | A 20,000KRW

  • Duration


  • Enquiry

  • Language Korean

    - Chinese Subtitles will be provided on Thursdays.

    English subtitles will be provided on Sundays.



    Age Restriction Suitable for ages 14 and over

* Please ensure you arrive 30mins before the program time. The box office can be busy and you may need to queue.

* We will endeavor to admit latecomers at the first suitable opportunity, which may be the interval. For some Events late admission cannot be guaranteed.

* Re-entry is mostly NOT allowed. In an exceptional case of re-entering, you may be seated in alternate seat locations to avoid disruption of the performance.


The 52nd Dong-A Theater Awards

Best Production, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Audiovisual Design


The 8th Korean Theater Awards

Best Production, Best Director, Best Actor


The 3 Best Productions of 2015

Selected by the International Association of Theater Critics-Korea


The 7 Best Productions of 2015

Selected by The Korean Theatre Review


Life is short. May you live with ease and happiness.”


The Orphan of Zhao: Seeds of Revenge

The much-awaited play The Orphan of Zhao: Seeds of Revenge returns for another season. One of the most requested productions of the National Theater Company of Korea, it’s regarded by many audience members as their all-time favorite theater experience. The production has been acclaimed by both critics and audiences alike for its artistic merit, popular appeal and grandiose narrative—further complemented by director Koh Sun-woong’s quintessentially humorous and rhythmic approach. Many from the original cast—including Ha Sung-kwang who previously overwhelmed the audience with his gripping portrayal of Cheng Ying—will be joined by several new faces this year. 



It won the hearts of Chinese audiences with a Chinese story at a Chinese theater!

- Yang Shen (Chinese playwright & director)

In October 2016, the NTCK brought The Orphan of Zhao: Seeds of Revenge to the National Theatre of China in Beijing. In the country of the original playwright, Junxiang Ji, the performance drew tears and laughter from some 1,300 people in the audience. As the curtain fell, they burst into applause, marking the birth of a timeless masterpiece at the hands of the Korean cast and crew. This new interpretation of the beloved Chinese play is set to continue its inspiring journey in 2021—beyond China’s 1.3 billion population.


Original play by Junxiang Ji

The Yuan Dynasty playwright Junxiang Ji wrote The Orphan of Zhao in the form of zaju drama, based on historical narratives. Of the six zaju plays he wrote, The Orphan of Zhao is the only surviving example. Highly lauded as ‘one of the most powerful tragedies to be shared with audiences worldwide’ in the long history of Chinese drama, it is often dubbed ‘Hamlet of the East’, and various adaptations of the play have been performed around the world.


Adapted and directed by Koh Sun-woong

Ko Sung-woong founded the theater troupe Play Factory Mabangzen in 2005 and immediately took the theater world by storm. He has written and directed Killbeth, Hongdo, The Stainless-Steel King, and Lucky Man Show among many others. Koh has firmly established himself as one of the most celebrated directors in Korea, working across different genres. His credits include the musicals The Sorrows of Young Werther and Arirang, the traditional Korean operas Mr. Heungbo and Madam Ong, and the operas 1945 and Macbeth. The NTCK’s production of The Orphan of Zhao: Seeds of Revenge won numerous awards in 2015. Koh brings audiences to life by unfolding his unique wit and humor as well as thought-provoking narratives on stage.