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Ko Lai Sum Cantonese Opera Troupe: A Selection from the Prized Repertoire of Fung Wong Nui

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
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30.08.2014(Sat)
19:30
$220, $160, $100
Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
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02.09.2014(Tue)
19:30
$260, $200, $160, $100

30.8.2014 (Sat)

The Princess in Distress

Having lived as a hostage in Jin for years, Hongluan, sister of Prince Di, returns to Song. She is escorted by her lover, General Yelü from Jin. As they part with each other, they sing “The Barbarian's Song”. On the way home, Hongluan's men rescue a woman from the sea. Soon bandits come to plunder the ship, and the people aboard scatter. Prince Di's men, while failing to find Hongluan, see a woman floating on the sea in Hongluan's cape. They assume her to be the princess, and take her to the prince's house. General Yelü, using the alias Lu Junxiong, comes to the Central Plains in search of Hongluan. On the other shore, Ni Si'an mourns his lovesick daughter, Ni Xiudian, who has jumped into the sea because of a broken heart. He happens to rescue Hongluan, who now has lost her memory. Shang Quanxiao, son of a minister, returns after coming out first in the highest imperial examination. Since Shang's mother has promised to marry him to Ni Si'an's daughter, Si'an takes Hongluan to Shang's home in his daughter's place.

Junxiong, also taking the imperial examination, manages to come out first in the examination for military officers. The minister takes a liking to him and invites him to stay in his house. Learning that Prince Di is looking for someone to translate the letter in a foreign language brought back by his “sister”, Si'an has Hongluan disguise herself as a man and offer her services. Impressed by her ability to read the letter, the prince decides to marry Hongluan to his “sister”. The woman who has been mistaken for the prince’s sister is none other than Ni Xiudian. On the wedding night, she meets her lover Quanxiao. In time she gives birth to a baby and so does Hongluan. Fearing the prince's punishment, Ni Si'an advises Quanxiao's mother to pretend that both babies are her own children. The prince orders the strange case be tried by Junxiong before daybreak. All believe that Si'an andQuanxiao's mother are guilty of adultery. Xiudian and Hongluan come to the court to claim their babies, and Junxiong's identity is revealed. As the prince decides to execute punishment on him, he sings “The Barbarian's Song” in desperation, reviving Hongluan's memory.

 

Lung Koon-tin          : General Yelü

Ko Lai                        : Princess Hongluan

Chan Hung-chun      : Quanxiao's mother

Man Po-sum             : Ni Si'an

Lui Hung-kwong     : Shang Jingzhong

Yam Bing-yee            : Ni Xiudian

Sun Kim-long            : Shang Quanxiao

Wai Chun-long          : Prince Di

 

2.9.2014 (Tue)

The Marshal's Marriage

In the Spring and Autumn Period, the weak state of Song is subject to invasions from neighboring states. The king of Song and his daughter, Caifeng, decide to find her a husband that can be a champion and defender of the state. The king invites the princes of different states to come contend for the princess by showing the treasures they bring. Princes arrive in Song one by one and present treasures from their states, yet none of them manages to win the princess's favor.

Marshal Gai Shiying from Cai arrives on behalf of the crown prince, bearing no treasure to display, but he impresses Caifeng so much with his civil and military skills that she agrees to marry him. This enrages the princes of Han and Zhao who, after returning home, join forces to attack Cai in revenge. The new husband's pride prevents Gai from listening to the princess's advice on the first day of battle, and he belittles her for knowing nothing about war. He learns his lesson, however, after suffering a humiliating defeat and having to be rescued by the princess. Having reassembled his men with the counsel of the princess, Gai finally beats the troops of Han and Zhao, capturing the princes alive. From then on, the two states pay tribute to Song every year in gratitude for sparing the princes' lives.

 

Lung Koon-tin          : Gai Shiying

Ko Lai                        : Princess Caifeng

Chan Hung-chun      : Gai Emei

Lui Hung-kwong      : King Zhuang of Song / King Kang of Cai

Yam Bing-yee           : Lin Fengyi

Sun Kim-long           : Prince of Han

Wai Chun-long         : Prince of Zhao

 

Performers

Main Cast:
Lung Koon-tin, Ko Lai, Chan Hung-chun, Man Po-sum (30/8), Lui Hung-kwong, Yam Bing-yee, Sun Kim-long

Programme Length

Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins with an intermission

Talk

Pre-Performance Talk

9 Aug 2014 (Sat) 2:30pm

AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Speakers: Lung Koon-tin, Ko Lai, Chan Hung-chun

 

In Cantonese

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

Exhibition

16 Aug – 3 Sep 2014

G/F & 1/F Foyer, Ko Shan Theatre

 

Free Admission

Production team

Please refer to Chinese version.

Ticketing

Tickets available from 4 July 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)

Telephone Credit Card Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:http://ticket.urbtix.hk/internet/en_US/eventDetail/24103

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325

Ticketing Enquiries:3761 6661

Telephone Credit Card Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:http://ticket.urbtix.hk/internet/en_US/eventDetail/24103

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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