This is a fascinating tale of a woman's ambition and her grip on power.
What I would love is for English actors and actresses dressed up as Chinamen and Chinawoman enacting all the dramas and traumas of life as Chinese Emperors and Empresses. There is no need to speak their lines in a Chinese accent.
The story of Cixi reminds me of the shenanigans of I, Claudius. So, instead of English actors and actresses prancing around in togas, they could prance around in Chinese clothing, and have just as much fun.
Yes, I got this idea from The Mikado, which was very successful for a long time, was it not?
You can imagine the Chinese agog at this idea, their eyes initially narrowing then growing round at the very idea of this Sino-British collaboration. If the Chinese won't collaborate at all on this rather risque idea, the British can still go ahead and do it their way anyway.
For some reason, I see Simon Armitage writing the script.