Chivalry and Valiance in Chinese Opera Series: Zhao Qun Ying Cantonese Opera Troupe
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An Order to Annihilate Dragon Mountain
Yao Qi, a founding courtier of the Eastern Han dynasty, is murdered by Guo Rong, father-in-law to the emperor. His son Yao Gang, saved by his childhood wet nurse, changes his name to Bai Yaotian. Under the guise of a candidate in a martial arts contest leading to marriage, he marries Wang Lingxian, daughter of Wang Ying, whom he thinks is his family’s enemy. When Yao Gang later re-unites with his sister Su’er, he grasps the opportunity to take revenge on Guo Rong by stealing his letter of collusion to the enemies, and escapes to Dragon Mountain. Later, he discovers that he has wronged his father-in-law as Wang Ying was actually the one who saved both their lives. Together with him and his wife, Yao Gang kills Guo Rong and avenges for his family.
Three Battles to Secure Peace for the Nation
Despite being well-versed in the letters as well as martial arts, Bai Xiangqiu is stuck at the lower stratum of society and has little prospect of moving up the social ladder. He is employed as a live-in servant at the Liu family. But fortunately he has the help of his good friend, Lu Zhi. Ruxiang, the daughter of the Liu family, is impressed with Xiangqiu’s distinguished looks. When she sees him sleeping in the garden, she has pity on him and covers him with her silk robe, for which she is expelled from the family by her father. She marries Xiangqiu in a humble thatched cottage. It so happens that the emperor is taking his army to invade the Tujues. In his dream, he is saved by a young warrior in a white robe, and he begins to search for Bai Xiangqiu. Bai happens to become a soldier under Song Ruhai’s command. Wanting to claim the merit, Song Ruhai and son Jiaju trick Xiangqiu into believing that the emperor is after him for a less than benevolent reason, making Xiangqiu dare not come forward to be recognised. Fortunately, Xiangqiu does save the emperor in a battle later, for which he is conferred a high-ranking imperial title. He returns home bathed in glory, re-unites with Ruxiang, and makes good fun of his father-in-law.
Wife in the Morning, Sister-in-Law at Night
Brothers Zhang Boxian and Zhang Zhongkun are both soldiers under the command of Earl Xining. In the army, Li Ruyu is a secret admirer of Zhongkun. But Zhongkun’s heart is already with his cousin, He Suzhen, and has taken leave to get married at home. But a sudden onslaught by the Tujue forces Zhongkun to return to camp before he conducts the marriage ceremony. He is injured in battle and lost in action, and is thought to have been killed. As Suzhen is pregnant, Boxian has no alternative but to marry her so as to keep alive his younger brother’s bloodline. Zhongkun, on the other hand, did not die, but is blinded in battle. He has been saved by the Abbot of Dajue Monastery. Ruyu appears at the most opportune moment and promises to cure his blindness with a precious medicine. Knowing that Suzhen is already married, at a moment of weakness, Zhongkun promises Ruyu if his eyes are cured, he will marry her. When Boxian and Suzhen pay respects at the monastery to commemorate the “dead” Zhongkun, they run into him there. The truth of their marriage is out. Boxian honourably returns Suzhen to his brother, and pleads with Yunlong, but Ruyu is adamant that Zhongkun keep to his promise and marry her. Happily the emperor’s edict arrives which orders the reunion of Zhongkun and Suzhen, while Boxian shall marry Ruyu.
Cast: Liang Zhaoming, Wong Chiu-kwan, Wan Yuk-yu, Johnson Yuen (18, 21/9), Liu Kwok-sum (27/9), Ko Lai, Jim Ho-fung
Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins with an intermission
22.9.2014 (Thu) 7:30pm
AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Speakers: Liang Zhaoming, Wong Chiu-kwan
Free admission. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
Please refer to Chinese version.
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|Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall||21.09.2014 (Sun)|
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|Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre||27.09.2014 (Sat)|
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