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Grand Opening Fortnight Celebration

Yau Ma Tei Theatre Grand Opening Programme
Birthday of the God of Venus and Prime Minister of Six States
(All tickets have veen sold out)

17.7.2012 (Tue)
7:30pm

Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre

$200, $100


Cantonese opera:
Birthday of the God of Venus
On the birthday of the god of the planet Venus, the Eight Fairies gather to offer their greetings.

Cast:
Wong Kwan-lam,  Yip Man, Mok Ka-kui, Tam Wing-lun, Lui Siu-ngo, Chau Ling, King Fa-lui, Wong Po-fai

Prime Minister of Six States
During the Warring States period, Su Qin persuaded the rulers of the states of Yan, Han, Qi, Zhao, Chu and Wei to unite against the Qin state. Upon the success of the plan, Su Qin was appointed by the six rulers as their common prime minister, and returned home in glory.

Cast:
Law Kar-ying, Yuen Siu-fai, Sun Kim-long, Wan Yuk-yu, Wong Po-huen, Tong Yuen-ying, Nam Tin-yau, Chan Sing-tong, Ngai Ching-wan, Tam Wing-lun, Leung Wai-hong, Chan Chak-lui, Kwan Hoi-shan, Chow Ling, Lui Siu-ngo, Yuen Ying-wah, Wong Yuk-wah, Man Wah, Yip Man, Leung Suk-ming, Mok Ka-kui, Man Suet-kau, Tse Hue-ying, Li Pui-yan, Leung Sum-yee, King Fa-lui, Cheung Yuen-wan, Kong Wing-hung, Wong Po-fai and martial art artists from Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Luen Yue Tong

Programme lasts for approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

Production Team
Programme Organiser: The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong
Artistic Director: Law Kar-ying
Percussion Ensemble Leader: Ko Yun-kuen
Ensemble Leader: Ko Yun-hung
Set Production: Kwong Hing Stage Scene Production Company
Costume: Kam Yee Costumes Company



Tickets available NOW at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone 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)
 
Programme Enquiries: 2264 8108
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
   
 
 
 
 

Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme
Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase (2012/13 Part I)

18 - 27.7.2012
7:30pm
Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre
$100, $60


18/7 (Wed) 
The Gold Life-saving Medal
Prince Hua Ying, the son of the Song emperor and his queen, falls in love with Zi Yu, a maid of the imperial concubine Guo Xiaofeng. Guo discovers their affair and persuades the emperor to revoke Hua Ying’s title as crown prince and grant it to her own son Hua Hong. Understanding the situation, the Queen Mother decides to approve the marriage of Hua Ying and Zi Yu. Guo puts poison into the wedding wine but accidently it is the Queen Mother who drinks it and is poisoned. Guo asks the emperor to execute Hua Ying and bury Zi Yu alive. Secretly released by Hua Hong, Hua Ying redresses the injustice to the king of Chu. He is given a gold life-saving medal to help him seek to reverse the verdict at the imperial capital.

Artistic Director: Law Kar-ying
Cast: Leung Suk-ming, Wong Po-fai, Kim Lun, Lee Chun-fun, Leung Wai-hong, Szeto Chui-ying, Man Wah, Leung Sum-yee

 

19/7 (Thu) 
The Dragon Order
The master of Dragon Mountain Stronghold Yao Gang is the son of a loyal official who was framed and executed by Guo Zhang, the queen’s brother. One day, Yao goes into town to participate in a martial skills competition organised by Wang Ying for the hand in marriage of her daughter Wang Lingxian. Yao defeats Guo Tianci, son of Guo Zhang, and marries Wang Lingxian. Yao misunderstands that Wang Ying is his family’s enemy. He steals the evidence of Guo Zhang’s secret deals with the barbarians and returns to his stronghold alone. Wang Lingxian and her father struggle to look for Yao in the mountains and finally the truth is revealed. Yao leads his troops to defeat Guo Zhang and saves the Han dynasty.

Artistic Director: Law Kar-ying
Cast: Song Hong-bo, Man Suet-kui, Yuen Ying-wah, Wong Hai-wing, Kim Lun, Tam Wing-lun, Man Wah, Yuen Wai-kit, Cheung Yuen-wan, Wong Po-fai, Lam Wai-ting, Lam Man-sing, Leung Suk-ming

 

20/7 (Fri)  
The Warrior’s Marriage
Towards the end of the Yuan dynasty, a number of military leaders are jostling for the throne. The King of Beihan State, Chen Youliang plots with another military leader, Zhang Shicheng, the King of Wu state, for a marital alliance of their children with the aim of initiating a two-pronged attack on his rival, Zhu Yuanzhang of Jinling. Zhu Yuanzhang contrives for General Hua Yunlong, disguised as Zhang Ren, to marry Princess Yinping. Princess Yinping and Yunlong do eventually get married and lead a happy life. Later, Chen sends army to invade Jinling. Yunlong kills Chen. When she hears the news, Princess Yinping determines to avenge her father. Although Yunlong loves his wife so much and is prepared to die upon her sword, ultimately Princess Yinping cannot bear to kill her beloved.

Artistic Director: Law Kar-ying
Cast: Wai Tsz-kin, Hong Wah, Szeto Chui-ying, Tong Yuen-ying, Kim Lun, Yuen Ying-wah, Man Wah, Leung Suk-ming, Yuen Wai-kit, Cheung Yuen-wan, Kong Wing-hung

 

21/7 (Sat)  
The Ten-Year Dream
Princess Lechang, a younger sister of the last ruler of the Southern Chen dynasty, is married to Xu Deyan. On the day the country is defeated by the Sui, the couple face the darkness of separation. Deyan breaks a mirror in two and gives one half to Lechang while keeping the other half for himself. They pledge to each sell their half of the mirror in the marketplace so that they can meet each other again. With the fall of the country, Lechang is given to General Yang Yue. When it comes to the agreed date, Deyan visits the marketplace and finds a soldier selling half a broken mirror.  He takes out his half to make them as one, and writes a poem on it for the soldier to take back to the general’s residence. Yue decides to give Deyan back his wife. Yet Lechang understands that though the broken mirror is mended, the crack remains and in the end she kills herself.

Artistic Director: Law Kar-ying
Cast: Nam Tin-yau, Cheng Nga-ki, Leung Suk-ming, King Fa-lui, Tam Wing-lun, Lam Man-sing, Yuen Sin-ting

 

23/7 (Mon)  
The Story of Lu Yanqiu and Mei Yubing
Lu Yanqiu and Mei Yubing have been engaged to marry since before they were born. Mei’s father and his new wife, Zhu, have another daughter, Yanshu. In order to have her own daughter marry Yanqiu, Zhu plays a dirty trick on Yubing, drugging her drink so that she spits blood during her wedding. Yanshu takes the place of her half-sister at the wedding. Yanqiu, however, refuses to accept the unexpected bride and goes out to battle. Yanshu cannot stand the loneliness, so she dallies with Liu Shiyuan. Her father finds out about their misconduct and places Yubing’s book of the Tale of Lucretia at Yanshu’s door as a warning. Yanshu misunderstands the gesture and sends a servant to buy poison to kill Yubing, but Zhu drinks it by mistake. In the face of Zhu’s death, Yanshu and Shiyuan together frame Yubing for her murder. Yanqiu returns victorious and participates in the case hearing. At long last, the couple win both justice and love.

Artistic Director: Law Kar-ying
Cast: Yuen Ying-wah, Li Pui-yan, Man Suet-kui, Chan Chak-lui, Wong Hai-wing, Tam Wing-lun, Leung Suk-ming, Wai Tsz-kin, Kong Wing-hung, Lam Wai-ting, Leung Sum-yee, Yuen Sin-ting

 

24-25/7 (Tue-Wed)  
A Pedestal of Rouge Fragrance
Meng Qiao, son of the Lord of Ning, encounters and falls in love with a singing girl called Shan Yanwen. Impressed by Yanwen’s extensive learning that sets her apart from ordinary girls, the lord consents to their marriage. To bury Yanwen’s background, the house of singers is ordered to close down, depriving the other singing girls of their living. Among them, Mengxia harbours the bitterest hatred, which grows to murderous extent. On the day Qiao’s son is one month old, Mengxia poisons Qiao and kills him. Yanwen is implicated and expelled. Eighteen years later, Yanwen manages to reunite with her eldest son. The lord, however, brings up the murder case and orders her executed.

Artistic Director: Li Kei-fung
Cast: Ngai Ching-wan, Wong Po-huen, Leung Suk-ming, Tong Yuen-ying, Tam Wing-lun(24/7), Leung Wai-hong(25/7), Yuen Sin-ting, Lee Chun-fun

 

26-27/7 (Thu-Fri)  
The Lotus Lamp
Liu Yanchang encounters the Goddess of Hua Shan at her temple. They soon fall in love and are married. Yet god Erlang views the goddess’s marriage to a mortal as a breach of the rules of Heaven. He imprisons the Goddess beneath Hua Shan. Yanchang barely escapes from his hands with his son Chenxiang. As circumstances demand, Chenxiang is teased by Qin Guanbao, the son of the Prime Minister. Accompanied by his younger brother Qiu’er, he confronts Guanbao to teach him a lesson. But Guanbao accidentally falls over and dies. The Prime Minister forces Yanchang to turn his sons in. Yanchang shirts all the blame onto Qiu’er and sends Chenxiang to rescue the goddess. Eventually, Chenxiang manages to carve through Hua Shan to free his mother. The goddess then uses her magical power to retrieve her Lotus Lamp and rescue Qiu’er. In the end the family is happily reunited.

Artistic Director: Li Kei-fung
Cast: Ngai Ching-wan, Cheng Nga-ki, Tam Wing-lun, Yuen Ying-wah, Choi Chi-wai, Leung Suk-ming, Lam Tsz-ching, Wong Po-huen, Lam Wai-ting



Tickets available NOW at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone 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)

These programmes are presented by The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong and sponsored by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong is the Venue Partner of Yau Ma Tei Theatre

 
Programme Enquiries: 2384 2939
  www.hkbarwoymt.com
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
   
 
 
 
 

Chinese Opera Festival 2012
Tianjin Song Art Troupe

29.7.2012 (Sun)

12noon / 3:30pm / 7:30pm

$180, $100


The Tianjin Song Art Troupe will bring to Hong Kong some classics in song art (Chinese narrative singing) that are representative of the various and genres stylistic schools. Variety of song art genres, such as Jingyun dagu (narrative singing performance in Beijing dialect with drum accompaniment), Henan zhuizi (ballad singing to the accompaniment of the zhuiqin), Meihua dagu (narrative singing with five instruments as accompaniment), Xihe dagu, Leting dagu, Danxian, Kuaibanshu (storytelling with a clapper) and Shandong qinshu (narrative singing of Shandong). It will be a good opportunity to enjoy a comprehensive showcase of narrative singing in northern China.

With Chinese surtitles and English synopsis


Tickets available NOW at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, 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)

Please refer to programme leaflets or visit relevant website for ticketing discount of Chinese Opera Festival 2012

 
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7325
  www.cof.gov.hk
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone 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 content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

 
 
 
 

Special Programmes
Seminar on Building and Heritage Conservation of Yau Ma Tei Theatre (In Cantonese)

21.7.2012 (Sat)

2:30pm

Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre

Admission Free


Speakers:
Dr LEE Ho-yin (Director, Architectural Conservation Programme, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong)

KING Kwok-cheung, Huckleburry (Senior Architect, Architectural Services Department)

TSE Ching-kan, Curry (Assistant Professor, Architectural Conservation Programme, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong)

Kenneth TAM (Chief Heritage Manager, Antiquities and Monuments Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department)

Speakers in their Chinese names order
Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
Seminar lasts for approx. 2 hours

 

Guided Tour

21.7.2012 (Sat)

Session:10am / 11am / 12nn / 1pm

The Government has revitalised the Yau Ma Tei Theatre (Grade 2 historic building) and the Red Brick Building (Grade 1 historic building) as a performance venue designated for Chinese opera, in particular Cantonese opera and related activities.  The external appearances, as well as some of the structural elements and architectural features of the original buildings are carefully retained, allowing the public to reminisce about the stories of these historic buildings while enjoying performances in the Theatre. A guided tour is offered to lead you through the two historical buildings for a better understanding of their history, architectural features and the interesting findings behind the revitalisation project.

Each session lasts for approx. 45 minutes
Please register at 2264 8108. Free Admission. Each session entertains a maximum of 15-20 persons. Limited quota on a first-come-first served basis.

 

Fun Day

22.7.2012 (Sun)

1pm

Yau Ma Tei Theatre and Red Brick Building
Admission Free
(Free admission by tickets for Cantonese opera excerpts performance)

Programmes include:
Cantonese Opera Makeup Booth
1-6pm     
Function Room (1), G/F, Red Brick Building

Cantonese Opera Photo Studio
1-6pm 
Function Room (2), G/F, Red Brick Building

Cantonese Opera Excerpts Performance*
Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre

1:30pm-3:30pm  
Chastising the Princess, Farewell on Dongting Lake, Saving Pui, Peeping

4:30pm-6:30pm
Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers, Chastising the Princess on a Drunk, Peeping, The Coup, The Farewell

 

* Free admission by tickets. Tickets of the two Cantonese opera excerpts performances (1:30pm/4:30pm) will be distributed on July 14 from 9am at Yau Ma Tei Theatre. Limited tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis. Each patron entitles a maximum of two tickets only.

Programme Enquiries:2264 8108


 
  The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.