It is an adaptation of the 13th-century Chinese classic, by Guan Hanqing, often referred to as The Injustice to Dou E.
Flashes of déjà vu momentarily loom, taking me back to the autumn of 2012 and the RSC’s controversial production of The Orphan of Zhao.
Lessons have been learnt and learnt well, from that episode. Kudos to the RSC, as a famous countryman is quoted as saying:
Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.
Fast-forwarding to 2017 and Snow In Midsummer, cast using only British East Asian actors. As a fellow actor, activist and untiring advocate (amongst many other things) Daniel York said as we gathered for our first preview.
"Who’d have thought eh?"