The Pear Garden Cantonese Opera Troupe of Hong Kong
On Ascending the Throne from The Villain, The General and The Heroic Beauty
The King of Liang has three sons. The second prince Wenyong craves for ambitious achievements and intends to seize the throne. When the king passes away, veteran minister Zhao Jiguang sets off with the youngest prince to solicit military support from Princess Yinping of Danyang to help the eldest prince. At the same time, Wenyong, together with his teacher Liu Liuren, go to seek the military support from the Princess to help him take the throne.
General Wei Gancheng is a secret admirer of the Princess but she only has affection for the second prince Wenyong. Gancheng tries to persuade the Princess not to pass over the crown prince to enthrone Wenyong but the Princess does not take his advice. At this juncture, imperial maid Xie Shuang’e and her brother Xie Song arrive with an imperial will, a forged one that has Yinping deceived. Gancheng is therefore sent to assist Wenyong in seizing the throne with the princess’s army.
Shortly after the enthronement, however, Wenyong kills all the meritorious ministers and showers insults on the Princess. Fortunately Gancheng comes to her rescue, and sees to it that she returns to Danyang safe and sound. In the end, he and the Princess become husband and wife.
General Wei Gancheng: Lee Lung Princess Yinping: Wan Fai-yin
Liang Wenyong: Sun Kim-long Liu Liuren: Liu Kwok-sum
Xie Shuang’e: Ko Lai Liang Wengong: Lai Yiu-wai
The Ten Memorials from Impeachment of Yan Song
Emperor Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty leads a life of debauchery and unduly trusts the Prime Minister, Yan Song. At that time, the masses live in dire poverty and are tormented by heavy taxes and corrupt officialdom. Censor Hai Rui of the Censorate is a man of integrity and loyalty. Being indignant at Song’s wickedness in causing disasters and sufferings to the country and the people, he drafts ten memorials overnight to impeach Song. Nevertheless, the Emperor had issued an imperial edict to execute whoever impeaches Song, and since he is captivated with the beauty of Imperial Concubine Yan, the daughter of Song, he turns a deaf ear to Rui’s remonstrance and orders his execution.
Fortunately, the Empress arrives in time with evidence submitted by Senior General Pingwo of Song’s secret communication with Japanese invaders. As the tide turns, Rui requests the Emperor to order a search of Song’s residence, where an imperial robe and an imperial jade seal are found. Song is therefore convicted of his traitorous conspiracy to overthrow the throne. The infuriated Emperor, on the verge of sentencing Song to death, remembers that he has promised to spare Song’s life for whatever monstrous crime he commits. In the end, he punishes Song by granting him a gold bowl to beg in the street while reinstating Rui in his official post.
Hai Rui: Yuen Siu-fai Yan Song: Yau Sing-po
Imperial Concubine Yan: Yam Bing-yee Emperor Jiajing: Wan Yuk-yu
Su Wentong: Lai Yiu-wai
Ensemble Leader: Chow Che-kai Percussion Leader: Tsang Wing-sang
Stage Manager: Leung Wai-hong
Guangdong Cantonese Opera Theatre & Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Troupe
Vengeance at the Lion’s Mansion
Playwright: Qin Taiying, Ou Kaiming
Director: Liang Jianzhong, Liang Junqiang
Wu Song goes to the Lion’s Mansion in search of Ximen Qing to avenge the murder of his elder brother as well as to bring justice for the people.
Wu Song: Peng Qinghua Ximen Qing: Wang Yanfei
Wu Han Killing His Wife at the Sutra Hall
Wu’s mother ordered his son Wu Han to kill his wife Wang Lanying, yet she will kill herself instead. Wu found it hard to kill Lanying as she was a gentle and loving wife to him and was kind at heart. Torn between his mother’s wish and his own feelings for his wife, Wu was in a dilemma.
Wu Han: Ou Kaiming Wang Lanying: Mai Yuqing
A Fond Pledge by the Blooming Flowers
Adaptor: Chen Jinrong Director: Ding Fan
It is early spring. Emperor Ming of Tang and his favourite concubine, Lady Yang, are enjoying the beautiful peonies in full bloom at the Aloeswood Pavilion. The Emperor composes a tune in praise of the beauty of his beloved.
Emperor Ming: Ding Fan Lady Yang: Jiang Wenduan
Macao General Association of Chinese Opera and Music
Finding the Rat from Fifteen Strings of Cash
You Hulu is a butcher. He borrows fifteen strings of cash and was killed by Lou the Rat that night. His neighbours suspect You’s stepdaughter Xu Xujuen. The case is reported to the yamen for investigation. It so happened that Xujuan is walking with Xiong Youlan. Just then, the runner arrives. On seeing this, the two are sent to the yamen and are sentenced to death by the mayor. Kuang Zhong, the Prefect of Suzhou, is assigned to be the officer in charge of the execution. He finds the evidence against the two accused faulty and not acceptable. Finally he is able to bring Lou the Rat into custody and revoke the case.
Lou the Rat: Chu Chan Wa Kuang Zhong: Jose Tang