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Kam Yuk Tong Cantonese Opera Troupe─ The Military Repertory in Cantonese Opera

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
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18.01.2013(Fri)
19:30
$260, $200, $160, $100
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Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
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19.01.2013(Sat)
19:30
$220, $160, $100
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18 January 2013 (Fri)
Thunderbolt                                                         Playwright: Au Man-fung

After Zhao Kuangyin founded the Song Dynasty and became its First Emperor, he died a mysterious death. His younger brother, Zhao Guangyi, had axed him to death in order to seize the throne. The spirit of Kuangyin brings the case to the Jade Emperor in Heaven to seek that justice be done.  The Jade Emperor metes out the edict that the Liaos should attack Song land under Guangyi’s rule, and on the other hand, that the Yang family should do their utmost to protect the Song regime from harm.  Now in the Heavenly Kingdom, the God of Thunder happens to meet the Peach Blossom Fairy.  He seduces her with words, but this repartée is considered a sin, and both of them are banished by the Jade Emperor to the mortal world to suffer their desert in a sad turn of Fate. They become mortals connected to the Yang’s, the family of valiant warriors under Marshal Yang of the Song Dynasty. Thunder’s incarnate is Qilang, the seventh son of Marshal Yang. Peach Blossom is Jin’e, leader of her own army with a fortress in a remote mountainous region.  Qilang is under orders to send army provisions to the frontier, but on passing by Jin’e’s fortress, not only is he hijacked but he is also forced into marriage by her.  He pretends to agree, but waits for a chance to trick her into giving him back the army provisions and flees.  After he returns to the capital, one day he sees ‘Leopard’ Pan, son of the powerful and corrupt minister Pan Renmi, setting up a martial art challenge.  Qilang cannot stand Leopard’s smirking arrogance, meets him in the arena, and accidentally beats him to death. He is going to be beheaded, but Jin’er hears of this and saves him from the execution ground in the nick of time. Qilang owes her his life, so he cannot be agree to fulfil his marriage vow.  But less than a month after their wedding, he and his father have to meet the Crown Prince of Liao in a battle at Golden Sand Beach. Little do they know that it is a trap. When Qilang goes to seek help, Minister Pan, Leopard’s father, is determined to avenge his son’s death, and orders the archers on the city wall to shoot him with arrows.  Qilang still stands after being shot by 107 arrows, but the 108th carries a spell that invokes a bolt from Heaven that kills him. His wife and his elder brother, Liulang, present the case to His Majesty, seeking justice be done to Pan.  Even though the sentence is meted out, Jin’e’s loss cannot be revoked. Tearfully she goes in search of her husband’s bones, and can only bid Qilang a final farewell in her dream.

 

Cast: Li Qiuyuan, Cheng Wing-mui, Sung Hung-bo, Ko Lai , Wan Yuk-yu, Chan Kam-shing

 

19 January 2013 (Sat)
Zhou Yu                                                            Playwright: Lee Siu-wan, Yip Shiu-tak

Being humiliated by Kongming twice, Zhou Yu flies into a rage.  He plots a ruse to take over Jingzhou by luring Kongming to open the city gate on the pretext of borrowing provisions for his army to strike against Xichuan.  His wife Xiaoqiao warns him not to act rashly as she knows that Kongming is smart and would not be tricked.  However, Zhou is self-opinionated and ignores her advice.  It turns out that Kongming sees through his plot and defeats his army disastrously.  Zhou returns and falls sick out of rage.  Kongming further humiliates him by writing to comfort him, which turns out to be a real blow to Zhou who spits blood and faints after reading.  Zhou later writes to Sun Quan expressing his grief with the words, “O God, Heaven has created me.  Why must Liang (another name for Kongming) also exist?”

 

Cast: Li Qiuyuan, Cheng Wing-mui, Sung Hung-bo, Ko Lai , Wan Yuk-yu, Chan Kam-shing

Performers

Please refer to chinese version.

Programme Length

Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins with an intermission

Pre-performance Talk

16.1.2013 (Wed) 7:30-8:30pm

Rehearsal Room (1), Ko Shan Theatre

Speakers: Li Qiuyuan, Cheng Wing-mui

 

In Cantonese

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

Production Team

Please refer to chinese version.

Ticketing

Tickets available from 7 December onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card 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)

Enquiries

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


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