The Beijing city government has banned a Chinese production of a play by one of Israel's most famous authors, angering the cast and the Israeli Embassy. Prostitute from Ohio by Chanoch Levin - rendered into Chinese as The Girl from Ohio - opened last Friday and was scheduled to run for two weeks. The Israeli Embassy had bought 200 tickets for a show on Tuesday. However, the play only ran for four nights before it was stopped, a spokeswoman for the theatre said. 'We do not know the reason for the cancellation and whether it will resume,' she said. The Israeli Embassy said it was very regrettable that the play had been censored. 'Levin is one of the most famous Israeli playwrights, whose work has been staged all over the world. We are very sorry that Chinese were not able to see them.' Chinese sources said the ban did not appear to be aimed against Israel, but resulted from a complaint by an influential person angered by what they had seen in the play. The idea for a Chinese production of the play came in 2000 when Zhang Xian, a director at the Central Academy of Dramatic Art, attended a seminar in Israel to commemorate Levin's work. Zhang was impressed with what he heard and selected Prostitute from Ohio, which he translated into Chinese. He was given a grant of 50,000 yuan (HK$47,000) from the Israeli government and received all necessary approval before the production opened last Friday. However, on Tuesday the cast was told it could only perform once more. The performers said that if they were being censored, they would not perform again. Beijing cultural officials declined to comment.