China’s acclaimed Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre will make its Queensland debut with a breathtaking production of a classic story.

The story of White Snake is regarded as one of China’s ‘four great folktales’, and is taught to Chinese children at an early age.

It’s the tragic tale of a man in love with a lady in white. The story combines magical powers, cunning disguises and mythological spirits in an epic and romantic narrative.

White Snake first existed as part of China’s oral tradition, and began appearing in written texts between 618 AD (during the Tang Dynasty) and 1644 AD (the Ching Dynasty).

Now, the story is performed by the award-winning artists of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in an internationally acclaimed production.

The spectacular performance incorporates dance, drama, music, calligraphy and visual arts, and will give Brisbane audiences a chance to enjoy the beauty of Chinese culture up close.

Director Giacomo Ravicchio is thrilled to bring this enchanting theatrical journey to Brisbane.

“With stunning design and outstanding acting from Shanghai’s best, this story shows overwhelmingly that love knows no bounds,” he says.

“Love is bewildering.”

Performed in Mandarin with English subtitles, White Snake will be staged at QPAC’s Playhouse on Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April. Tickets for the two performances are on sale now at qpac.com.au.