|Venue||Date & Time||Price|
|Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
|$340, $240, $160, $100|
|Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
||23.01.2013(Wed)||19:30||$320, $240, $100|
|Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
||25.01.2013(Fri)||19:30||$280, $220, $160, $100|
|Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
||26.01.2013(Sat)||19:30||$280, $220, $160, $100|
|Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
|$380, $260, $180, $100|
22 January 2013 (Tue)
A Romance of Pear Blossoms Playwright: Tong Tik-sang
Zhao Ruzhou, a talented scholar, and Xie Suqiu, a famous courtesan, has developed a mutual admiration through the exchange of poems for a few years. They however did not have a chance to meet each other. In the meantime, Prime Minister Wang is in collusion with the Jin nationality. He plots to send one hundred and twenty beauties including Suqiu, the leading beauty, to please the king of Jin. Fortunately, Liu Gongdao, an advisor of the prime minister, uses a ruse to save Suqiu. Unknowing, Ruzhou chases after the cart in hopes of seeing Suqiu. When he finally catches up with the cart, he mistakes the dead beauty inside for Suqiu and is torn with grief.
It happens that both Ruzhou and Suqiu go and seek refuge with Qian Jizhi. Lest Suqiu become an obstacle in Ruzhou’s career, Jizhi prevents the two from meeting each other. One day, Ruzhou runs after butterflies to the backyard and meets Suqiu by chance. She dares not disclose her identity. Yet, moved by Ruzhou’s sincerity, she plucks a red pear blossom as a gift for him. Not long after that, Ruzhou leaves for the capital to sit for the imperial examination. On the other hand, Suqiu, being betrayed by her fellow courtesan Shen Yongxin, is caught and escorted back to the prime minister’s mansion.
Ruzhou comes first in the imperial examination and is appointed the Inspector of Justice. He is tasked to collect evidence of the prime minister’s treachery. Upon arrival at the prime minister’s mansion, Ruzhou finds the hall decked with red pear blossoms. Jizhi then explains to him the whole story. In the end, with the prime minister pleading guilty and Suqiu throwing herself into his arms, Ruzhou wins both justice and love.
Koi Ming-fai : Zhao Ruzhou
Ng Mei-ying : Xie Suqiu
Yuen Siu-fai : Qian Jizhi
Chan Kar-ming : Shen Yongxin
Chan Hung-chun : Liu Gongdao
Lui Hung-kwong : Wang Heng
23 January 2013 (Wed)
The Daughter of the Horse Trader Playwright: Tong Tik-sang
Li Qi is a horse trader who busily engages in his business, leaving his second wife, Yang Sanchun, at home. Sanchun cannot stand the loneliness and commits adultery with Tian Wang. When Qi is about to come home, they are afraid that their affair will be revealed. So they plot the murder of the maid Chunhua and then, with the local officials already bribed by them, falsely accuse Qi of driving Chunhua to her death after his failed attempt to rape her. As a result, Qi is wrongly sent to prison. Qi has a son and a daughter. His son, Baotong, has been expelled from home earlier by Sanchun and his whereabouts are unknown, while his daughter, Guizhi, is married to Zhao Chong, a county mayor. To save her father, Guizhi requests her husband to prepare a written appeal for her. Meanwhile, Baotong attends the imperial examination held in autumn. Having come out top in the examination, he is appointed the provincial governor. That leads to his incidental reunion with his sister when she lodges the appeal. In the trial, both Sanchun and Wang plead not guilty. Not until the ghost of Chunhua, which is in fact the clever Lianzhu in disguise, appears do they make a total confession. Finally, Qi has his grievances redressed and the family reunite in happiness.
Koi Ming-fai : Zhao Chong
Ng Mei-ying : Li Guizhi
Chan Hung-chun : Li Qi
Yuen Siu-fai : Li Baotong
Chan Kar-ming : Chunhua (first) Zhao Lianzhu (later)
Lui Hung-kwong : Hu Jing
25 January 2013 (Fri)
The Story of the Lute Playwright: Tong Tik-sang
Cai Bojie of Chenliu County is long reputed for his literary gifts. Two months after his wedding with Zhao Wuniang, Bojie leaves for the capital to attend the imperial examination. He achieves outstanding results and takes the first place in this spring examination. Impressed by his talent and good looks, Niu Sengru, the Prime Minister, wants to have him as his son-in-law. Bojie politely declines the offer as he is already married. Sengru makes Bojie stay at the ministerial residence, professing that he is sending someone to Chenliu to trace the whereabouts of his family. What he does, actually, is to arrange the false report on the death of Bojie’s family members so as to stop him from thinking of them. In the meantime, Chenliu is in a state of famine and drought. Bojie’s parents die one after the other. Having sold her hair for the burial of her parents-in-law, Wuniang heeds their last words and sets off for the capital to find her husband. She arrives in Chang’an after many hardships and learns that Bojie lives in the Prime Minister’s residence. Then by chance she meets Niu Huilan, who is stunned when it dawns on her that she is talking to Bojie’s wife.
Bojie, pressed by Sengru to marry his daughter, decides to become a monk rather than betray Wuniang. However, Wuniang mistakes him for being unfaithful and leaves in bitterness. After giving Huilan a scolding, Bojie rushes out of the Prime Minister’s residence to look for Wuniang. They finally meet in an abandoned temple and pour out their sorrows since separation. At this moment, Sengru and his daughter arrive with an imperial edict. It turns out that Huilan, unwilling to split the couple, has pleaded with her father to tell the emperor the truth and ask for the annulment of Bojie’s monkhood. Upon receipt of the imperial edict, Bojie and Wuniang thank Huilan for her kindness and are reunited at last.
Ng Chin-fung : Cai Bojie
Wan Fei-yin : Zhao Wuniang
Liu Kwok-sum : Niu Sengru
Yuen Siu-fai : Bojie’s father (first) Emperor (later)
Yam Bing-yee : Niu Huilan
Sun Kim-long : Gui Nan-fen
Miu Dan-ching : Bojie’s Mother
26 January 2013 (Sat)
Sweet Dew on a Beautiful Flower Playwright: Tong Tik-sang
Meng Qiao, son of the Lord of Ning, encounters and falls in love with a singsong girl called Shan Yanwen. Impressed by Yanwen’s extensive learning that stands her out from ordinary girls, the lord consents to their marriage. To bury Yanwen’s background, the singsong house is ordered to close down, depriving the other singsong girls of their living. Mengxia is the one who harbours the bitterest hatred that becomes a motive to kill. On the day Qiao’s son reaches his first month, Mengxia poisons Qiao to death. Yanwen gets implicated and is expelled. Eighteen years later, Yanwen manages to reunite with her eldest son. The lord, however, brings up the murder case and orders the execution of Yanwen. In a heartbreaking scene on the execution ground, the son feeds his condemned mother her last meal.
Lung Koon-tin : Meng Qiao (first) Meng Renting (later)
Nam Fung : Shan Yanwen
Liu Kwok-sum : Meng Jiayin
Lai Yiu-wai : Li Wenan
Yum Bing-Yee : Meng Xianglun
Yuen Siu-fai : Shen Lanling
29 January 2013 (Tue)
Princess Cheung Ping Playwright: Tong Tik-sang
This is a story about the noble sacrifice of a beautiful princess and her patriotic husband at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), when the capital, Beijing, is conquered by Manchus from northeast of the Great Wall. The opera begins with the Ming court threatened on all sides by rebels and invaders.
The last Ming Emperor, Chong Zhen, and his wife, Queen Zhou, have two daughters: Cheung Ping and Chao Ren. They wish Chang Ping to marry and the court official Zhou Chong recommends his own son, General Zhou Baolun. However, the Emperor wishes his daughter to marry a scholar, and she falls in love with a nephew of Zhou Chong, the scholar Zhou Shixian. But just as the wedding is about to take place Beijing is attacked by the Manchus.
The Ming Emperor realizes all is lost and orders his daughter to commit suicide rather than fall into the hands of the invaders. As the enemy enters the court he tries to finish her off and himself commit suicide. She, however, survives and is rescued by Zhou Chong. This villain tells his son of his plan to turn Cheung Ping over to the Manchus, and thus gain favour with his intended new masters who think that, with her at their court, opposition to them will diminish. However, the daughter Zhou Ruilan hears this and helps Chang Ping escape to a Taoist abbey where she lives disguised as a nun.
One day, outside the abbey, Cheung Ping runs into her betrothed, Zhou Shixian. They agree to meet several days later but are overheard by Zhou Chong, who informs the Manchu Emperor, and the couple is captured.
Cheung Ping pretends to agree to live in the Manchu court in return for the new Emperor giving her father a proper burial and releasing her brother. As soon as this happens her marriage to Zhou Shixian is arranged. However, at the wedding ceremony they both commit suicide by taking poison.
Lee Lung : Zhou Shixian
Mui Suet-see : Princess Cheung Ping
Yau Sing-po : Zhou Zhong
Liu Kwok-sum : Chongzhen (first) Qing Emperor (later)
Yum Bing-Yee : Zhou Ruilan
Yuen Siu-fai : Zhou Baolun
30 January 2013 (Wed)
The Reincarnation of a Beauty Playwright: Tong Tik-sang
Pei Yu went on an excursion to the West Lake one day, while he happened to meet Huiniang, concubine of the treacherous government official Jia Sidao. Huiniang was deeply captivated and bestowed secretly her favours on this young scholar. Learning about this, Sidao killed Huiniang out of rage and hid the coffin in the Pavilion of Red Plums. Veteran Lu ran a small restaurant in Xiu Gu with his charming daughter Zhaorong. On learning that Zhaorong closely resembled Huiniang, Jia intended to take her as his new concubine in place of Huiniang. Lu wanted to refuse him but was at his wits’ end to do so. Pei taught Huiniang to feign madness but the trick was seen through by Jia, who deliberately let Zhaorong go at first and then caught Pei Yu and put him into custody. The place where Pei was detained happened to be the Pavilion of Red Plums where Huiniang’s dead body was hidden. Huiniang’s spirit then appeared, met Pei Yue and talked to him.
Zhaorong moved to Yangzhao with his father so as to avoid further disturbance from Jia. Jia intended to slay Pei in the Pavilion of Red Plums. Fortunately, Huiniang’s spirit knew his plot and helped Pei Yu to flee before the arrival of Jia. Jia burst into anger and questioned his concubines in stern terms, as he believed that they were responsible for Pei’s easy escape. After telling Jia the truth, Huiniang’s spirit escorted Pei Yu all along the way to Yangzhou to meet Zhaorong. Right on the day of Huiniang and Pei Yu’s arrival, Zhaorong died of lovesickness. Huiniang finally got married with Pei Yu through the reincarnation into Zhaorong’s body.
Lee Lung : Pei Yu
Mui Suet-see : Li Huiniang (first) Lu Zhaorong (Later)
Yau Sing-po : Jia Sidao
Liu Kwok-sum : Lu Tong
Yum Bing-yee : Wu Jiangxian
Yuen Siu-fai : Jai Yingzhong
1 February 2013 (Fri)
A Buddhist Recluse for Fourteen Years Playwright: Tong Tik-sang
During the Tang Dynasty, there lived in Chang’an a Taoist Nun named Yu Xuanji. She was a poet of exceptional talent and beauty. Yu was in love with a charlatan called Wen Zhang. When he got into trouble after a drunken brawl, she sold her estate Chong Lou against her father’s will to raise money to help him. Yu had an admirer named Li Yi. When he found out about her financial problem, he gave her, the money, when his father had set aside for him to obtain a bride.
Yu Xuanji also had a handmaid Luqiao who was 16 and full of amorous desires. She shared her mistress’ designs on Wen Zhang, and kept trying to seduce him. One day, Wen Zhang took to the bottle after being humiliated by Yu’s father, and was arrested again. Disappointed with Wen, and touched by Li Yi’s generosity, Yu agreed to marry the latter. However, on the wedding day, Wen Zhang found out about it, and commanded Luqiao to ask Yu to return their love token – two interlocking jade rings. On learning that Wen would be waiting for Yu in the North Attic late at night, Luqiao seized upon the opportunity to make him hers. This sexually-charged scene culminates in a violent climax.
Wan Fei-yin : Yu Xuan-ji
Ng Chin-fung : Li Yi
Nam Fung : Luqiao
Liu Kwok-sum : Yu Jianyuan
Lung Koon-tin : Wen Zhang
Lai Yiu-wai : Li Shichou
Lyrics and dialogue with Chinese and English surtitles
Please refer the Chinese version
Running Time: Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins with an intermission
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