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Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe
A New Cantonese Opera The Birthday Banquets


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14 January 2012 (Sat) 7:30pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre

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29 February 2012 (Wed) 7:30pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre

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Tickets: $220, 160, 100

Playwright: Sun Kim-long

Main Cast: Lam Tin-yau, Cheng Nga-kei, Lai Yiu-wai, Lam Tsz-ching, Yuen Sin-ting, Wong Kit-ching, Kwan Hoi-shan, Wong Po-hyun, Hong Wah, Chan Hung-chun (guest)

 
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Yang Jikang, a retired government official, has five daughters with his wife.  All but his foster daughter Sanchun are married to the sons of official families.  Sanchun marries Zou Yinglong, a scholar, because she admires his literary talents.  On the birthday of Jikang, his daughters and their husbands all bring along generous gifts for celebration except for Sanchun and her husband.  As the couple have been robbed on their way to the birthday banquet, they end up empty-handed and are therefore snubbed by the other family members.  Yinglong feels mortified but Sanchun consoles him.  Yet good times do not last long.  During his tenure of office, Jikang has offended a powerful official Yan Song.  The imperial court then orders the confiscation of all his property.  Having nowhere to stay, Jikang seeks help from his own daughters but is turned away by his sons-in-law.  He has no alternative but to go to his foster daughter Sanchun for shelter.  Though poverty-stricken, Sanchun shows filial affection for Jikang who has brought her up.  After long years of hard study, Yinglong gets the first place in the highest imperial examination and is appointed as a top-rank official.  This happens just when Jikang’s birthday comes around and a grand banquet is held.  Jikang’s sons-in-law endeavour to curry favour with Yinglong and go to the birthday banquet to offer their congratulations.  The drastic change in their attitude vividly illustrates the fickleness of human nature.  Being understanding, broad-minded and tolerant, Yinglong welcomes his brothers-in-law.  The story thus comes to a happy ending.

 
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Running Time: Approx. 3 hrs 30mins with an intermission

 
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Talk (In Cantonese)

Pre-performance Talk
26 February 2012 (Sun)  2:30pm
AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Speakers: Sun Kim-long & the member of the troupe

Free Admission. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

 
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Ticketing and Concession

Tickets available from 5 December onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7325
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

 
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