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Han Kang's 'The Vegetarian' to make theatrical debut

All Headlines 11:26 December 19, 2019

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Yonhap) -- "The Vegetarian," a Man Booker International-winning novel by South Korean author Han Kang, will make a theatrical debut in the writer's home country next year.

The National Theater Company of Korea plans to premier the theater version of "The Vegetarian" from May to June next year at its Theater Pan in Seoul, directed by Selma Alaoui of Belgium, the national company said at a press conference Wednesday.

Following the premiere in Seoul, the play will move to Belgium's Theatre De Liege starting in March 2021, according to the company.

"The Vegetarian" was the 2016 winner of Man Booker International, dealing with the story of an ordinary woman's refusal to eat meat and how that affects her life.

The plan is part of the national theater company's exchange program with foreign countries to mark the 70th anniversary of its founding next year.

Under the program, South Korean theater director Bae Yo-seop will stage his new work at the Belgian theater in 2021 in collaboration with European artists, according to the company.

"So far, (the company's) foreign exchange has focused on networking between artistic directors, but it needs to be (expanded into) a long-term collaboration involving the whole theater company," the Korean theater company's artistic director, Lee Sung-youl, said.

"(We) worked with Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre over the past three years, and the second case of (our foreign exchange) is Belgium's Theatre De Liege," the artistic director said.

This photo shows Hang Kang's "The Vegetarian" on display at a bookstore in Seoul in 2016. (Yonhap)

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