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Koon Kin Kuen Cantonese Opera Troupe

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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10.01.2014(Fri)
19:30
$260, $200, $160, $100
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
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11.01.2014(Sat)
19:30
$220, $160, $100
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
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17.01.2014(Fri)
19:30
$240, $160, $100
Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
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18.01.2014(Sat)
19:30
$260, $200, $160, $100

10&18.1.2014(Fri & Sat)
A New Cantonese Opera
The Scholar Who Comes Top with a Blank Examination Paper
Playwright: Jiang Shi-ping, Tian Lai, Lung Koon-tin


Liu Yuchan is a renowned courtesan in Jiangnan. She is talented and beautiful with a chaste reputation. Chen Zhongwen, son of a rich family, has made every effort to win Yuchan’s heart but all to no avail. Zhongwen’s younger cousin, Mai Yunfeng, is uniquely gifted and wants to go to the capital for the imperial examination with Zhongwen. As Yunfeng has gained favours from the Chen family since his childhood and knows that Zhongwen is in love with a courtesan, he encourages Zhongwen to sit for the imperial examination with him so that he can repay the Chen family for its kindness.
 
Zhongwen has no desire to achieve success in the examination because he fails to win Yuchan’s love. Yunfeng tries to persuade Zhongwen that courtesans are greedy for money and insincere in love, but Zhongwen disagrees with him. They then make a promise. Yunfeng agrees to disguise himself as the son of a wealthy family to test Yuchan. One night, Yunfeng visits the Scented House. He admires Yuchan very much after he discovers that she does not worship money. They fall in love at first sight and even pledge to marry each other. Yunfeng and Zhongwen sit for the examination together. During the interview at the imperial hall, the princess falls for Yunfeng.  Yunfeng intentionally hands in a blank examination paper to avoid an arranged marriage, but he is still selected as the emperor’s son-in-law. Yuchan learns about the news. She begs Zhongwen to bring her to the imperial palace and give a singing performance in an attempt to express her feelings to Yunfeng. To find himself in the imperial palace and in face of both fame and fortune, how will Yunfeng make a decision?

Lung Koon-tin : Mai Yunfeng
Wong Chiu-kwan: Liu Yuchan
Chan Hung-chun: The Procuress
Lui Hung-kwong: The Emperor
Chan Ka-ming: The Princess
Sun Kim-long: Chen Zhongwen


11.1.2014(Sat)
A “Mismatched” Couple
Playwright: Pan Yi-fan


During the wartime, herbalist Jia Shanren finds a foundling on the street. The baby girl wears a lock and has a word “Zhen” (meaning chastity) tattooed on her right arm. She also carries a letter saying that she is the daughter of Marshal Guo. Jia initially wants to return the baby girl to Marshal Guo for money reward. However, she is so lovely that he decides to take her in. He then brings her up and names her Rufeng.  Jia is in fact a hypocrite who gives free medicine to the needy on the one hand and accumulates wealth by selling medicinal liquor to womanizers secretly on the other.

Rufeng grows into a beautiful young woman and gains favour with Prince Zhao. However, she loves the Vice Marshal, Guo Wenlong while Jia wants to betroth her to Prince Zhao. After defeating the enemy, Wenlong visits Rufeng and they have dinner together. During the feast, they drink Jia’s medicinal liquor accidentally. They lay bear their true feelings to each other and Wenlong promises to invite his uncle Lu Gongwang to bring up proposal of their marriage to Jia after a hundred days. He then leaves Rufeng for the capital to report his work to the imperial court. After his departure, Prince Zhao, accompanied by Jia, comes to visit Rufeng and proposes to her. When Prince Zhao leaves, Rufeng shows her unwillingness to the marriage. Jia questions Rufeng trying to find out the reason for her refusal to Prince Zhao’s proposal. Looking at the mess, Jia knows that Rufeng has drunk the medicinal liquor. Rufeng then tells Jia about Wenlong’s promise that his uncle will bring up the proposal a hundred days later. Jia feels relieved after learning Wenlong’s undertaking. Later, Lu, who is a military staff officer, comes to propose marriage for Wenlong. Seeing the tattoo “Zhen” on Rufeng’s arm, he discovers that Rufeng is the daughter of Marshal Guo. Since Wenlong, who also has a word “Zhong” (meaning loyalty) tattooed on his arm is the son of Marshal Guo, Lu understands that they are siblings and cannot get married. In order to hide the fact, Lu tries to prevent the marriage secretly. At that time, Wenlong gets promoted to marquis because of his outstanding service. Lu then tells Wenlong about Rufeng’s real identity and advises Wenlong to marry Prince Zhao’s sister Yu’e. Wenlong is shocked to learn the truth and in order to avoid committing incest with Rufeng, he agrees to marry Yu’e.

Lung Koon-tin: Guo Wenlong
Wong Chiu-kwan: Jia Rufeng
Chan Hung-chun: Jia Shanren
Lui Hung-kwong: Lu Gongwang
Chan Ka-ming: Zhao Yu’e
Sun Kim-long: Zhao Chengji



17.1.2014(Fri)
The Romantic Emperor
Original script: Li Feng-yuan | Performance script: Sun Ma Si-tsang


Meng Lijun, a talented lady, disguises herself as a man and later unexpectedly becomes the prime minister after her family is implicated in an unjust accusation of her father. Emperor Chengzong suspects that Lijun is in fact a woman and wants to take her as his concubine, yet he fails to find any opportunity. Huangfu Shaohua, Lijun’s fiancé, falls sick at missing her badly. His father, Huangfu Jingzhong, requests Lijun to come to his residence and give medical treatment to Shaohua. Feeling Shaohua’s deep affection for her, Lijun initially wants to disclose her identity but she finally dares not to do so for fear of being punished by the emperor. The emperor has long nursed a lustful desire for Lijun. One day, he invites Lijun to the White Rock Bridge to write poems for enjoyment and forces her to stay overnight at the Fragrant House. Queen Huangfu Zhanghua knows the emperor’s intention and fears that once he makes Lijun his concubine, she will be out of favour with her husband and her dear younger brother will also lose his love. The queen secretly orders her trusted eunuch Quanchang to steal Lijun’s palace shoes in order to uncover Lijun’s disguise. Quanchang gets the shoes but he is intercepted by the emperor on the way. To win Lijun’s favour, the emperor gives her the shoes at night and proposes to her but she turns him down. The emperor gets furious and tries to impose a charge on her at the imperial palace. Although the court officials present a petition to sponsor her, the emperor refuses to countermand his order. Fortunately, the queen mother issues an imperial edict declaring that she adopts Lijun as her daughter and pardons her for all her wrongdoings because Lijun has cured her sickness. The emperor has no alternative but to sanction the marriage between Lijun and Shaohua.

Lung Koon-tin: Emperor Chengzong
Wong Chiu-kwan: Meng Lijun
Chan Hung-chun: Nanny Su(first)、Rong Lu(later)
Lui Hung-kwong: Huangfu Jingzhong
Chan Ka-ming: Huangfu Zhanghua
Sun Kim-long: Huangfu Shaohua


 

 

 

 

 



 

Performers

Main Cast:
Lung Koon-tin, Wong Chiu-kwan, Chan Hung-chun, Lui Hung-kwong,
Chan Ka-ming, Sun Kim-long

Programme Length

Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins with an intermission

Post-perf Talk

27 January 2014 (Mon) 7:30pm
AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Speakers: Lung Koon-tin, Wong Chiu-kwan, Jiang Shi-ping, Tian Lai

 

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 29 November 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 (LCSD) / 9363 6826 (Koon Kin Kuen Cantonese Opera Troupe)

Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card 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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