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Lingnan Music Series: Raoping Chiu Chow Opera Troupe of Guangdong and Sun Hon Kwong Chiu Chow Opera Troupe

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
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02.04.2014(Wed)-03.04.2014(Thu)
19:30
$200, $160, $120
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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04.04.2014(Fri)
19:30
$200, $170, $150, $120

2.4.2014 (Wed)

The Xue Rebellion to Reinstate the Tang Regime

 

The story takes place during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty. On the night of the Lantern Festival, Xue Gang accidently kills the Crown Prince when he helps someone who is bullied. The Emperor dies from shock, and seizing the opportunity, his consort Wu Zetian usurps the throne and establishes the Zhou dynasty. Xue Gang's entire clan is sentenced to death for his crime. To keep the Xue bloodline, Xu Ce offers his own son for the execution in place of Xue Meng's son Xue Jiao.

 

Fourteen years later, when Xue Gang is looking for like-minded martial heroes in Hanshan to join him to topple the usurper and her force, he is reunited with his wife Ji Luanying and son Xue Kui by chance. From then on, the husband and wife work on a military enterprise to overthrow Empress Wu. On the other hand, Xue Jiao has by now grown into a strong and brave young man, with prowess enough to lift a stone lion. The delighted Xu Ce reveals to him his true life story, which fills Jiao with grief and rage. He leaves for Hanshan to find his clansmen and join the military enterprise upon Xu Ce's order.

 

When the Xue army has grown to deployable size, Xue Gang starts a revolt to reinstate the Tang regime. As the rebel army reaches the capital city, Empress Wu flees. The Li bloodline of Tang resumes the rule. Xu Ce reports to the new emperor the plight of the Xue family. Empress Wu’s minions are taken to the graveyard of the Xue’s where they are executed to appease the loyal dead. The living members are all rewarded with titles by the Tang emperor.

 

Cast: Wang Guojun, Chen Haitong, Yu Yuyun, Guo Li, Yu Shuhui, Li Muming

 

3.4.2014 (Thu)

Excerpts

Wang Zuo Gives Up His Arm

 

During the first year of the Jingkang reign of the Northern Song Dynasty (1126), the Jin army from the north launches a massive attack on Song territory. Lu Deng, the Minister of Defence who is charged with defending Lu'anzhou, is outnumbered and killed in battle. Lu Wenlong, his infant son, is adopted by Jin Wushu and taken back to the Jin state. Seventeen years later, Wenlong is a valiant and superb fighter versed in the double-spears. He follows Wushu on his next military expedition into Song territory. Song general Yue Fei is ordered to repel the enemy, but is resisted by Lu Wenlong in Zhuxian Town. As Yue Fei cannot find a way to defeat the enemies, his subordinate Wang Zuo takes the drastic step of cutting his own arm off and fakes surrender to the Jin State. After some twists and turns, he reveals the true life story to Wenlong who then offers his allegiance to Song.

 

Cast: Wang Guojun, Huang Chengzhong, Huang Xide, Guo Li, Yu Shuhui

 

Xue Dingshan Annuls His Marriage

 

The story takes place during the reign of Emperor Taizong of Tang (627-649). Commander Xue Rengui leads an army to attack the western frontier where he meets with strong resistance at a pass in Hanjiang. In the battlefield, the enemy Fan Hong's daughter Lihua falls in love with Rengui’s son, Dingshan. She surrenders to the Tang army to marry Dingshan. On their wedding night, suspicious that she has killed her own father and brother, Dingshan calls the marriage null and void. But without Lihua’s military support, the Tang army suffers losses. Dingshan regrets his earlier move, and on his father's deathbed request, he travels to Hanjiang to invite Fan Lihua to be Tang's general. His sincerity moves Lihua, who returns to the Tang camp to lead its army to victory. The Tang army regains its earlier prowess and the couple is reconciled.

 

Cast: Yu Yuyun, Chen Mingtong, Li Xueyin, Zhang Jiehong

 

Learning the Esoteric Art on Celestial Mountain

 

Celestial maid Plum Blossom is fascinated by the mortal world. She sneaks her way into the world and uses her magic charms to marry Prince Jiyong of Jichang State. When the Queen Mother of the West in Heaven learns of this, she sends a celestial guard to arrest Plum Blossom, but not before she gives birth to twins Simei and Siji. The twins are taken to the mountains as disciples by Taoist priest Songhe who happens to pass by. Under the care and guidance of Songhe, the twins grow up and learn the esoteric art. They leave the mountain to help Jiyong to fend off enemies, restore peace and cut down rogue courtiers.

 

Cast: Huang Xide, Yang Xinghua, Yu Shuhui

 

Bestowing a Cloak on a Snowy Night

 

It is the reign of Zhenguan during the Tang Dynasty (627-649). Xue Rengui excels in a martial competition, but is chastised and driven away by Zhang Shigui for showing disrespect for the emperor's name. Xue then takes shelter in Squire Liu's residence as an odd jobs man. On New Year's Eve, Liu's daughter Yingchun takes pity on him and offers him a cloak to ward off the cold. She makes the mistake of having offered him the precious red cloak which is a family heirloom. A furious Squire Liu suspects Yingchun and Rengui of having a liaison and wants to kill him. With great resolve, Yingchun rips the cloak apart and cuts herself off from her father to marry the poor Rengui who, some years later, becomes a hero at the imperial court for winning the war in his eastern expedition.

 

Cast: Wang Cairong, Yu Yuyun, Chen Linfen, Li Muming, Yu Shuhui, Chen Jieyun

 

Wang Ying Suffers Three Beatings

 

Fearful of losing his power, the aged Han emperor kills his senior ministers against his good conscience. Yao Qi's family of over one hundred members is all killed. Yao's son Yao Gang and brother-in-law Wang Ying declare an end to their allegiance to the Han court and form a brotherhood in a mountain base. The next year, in collusion with the Imperial Concubine Guo, the Xiongnu invades the Central Plain, and the Han emperor dies from shock as a result. Short of a good commander, Empress Du Cuiying leaves for the Taihang Mountain by herself, fearless of risking her own life, to ask for Yao Gang's help, but is turned down. On the other hand, Yao’s brother-in-law Wang Ying is moved by the Empress' sincerity, and puts in a good word on her behalf. Though he gets three harsh beatings from Yao Gang for so doing, he still persists out of loyalty to the country. Driven by the calling to save the country, Yao Gang gives in at last and leaves the mountain to fight against the enemies.

 

Cast: Wang Cairong, Wang Guojun, Yang Rongyu, Huang Chengzhong, Chen Mingtong, Lu Jinghuai

 

Xue Rengui Returning to His Humble Abode

 

During the Zhenguan reign of the Tang Dynasty (627-649), Xue Rengui is conferred the title of Duke of Pingliao for saving the Emperor on a beach while on his eastern expedition, and scoring multiple victories including taking Baiyu Pass. He returns to his village in honour, and meets his wife who has been waiting for him in their humble cave dwelling for eighteen years. His wife Yingchun does not recognize him due to the long separation. Rengui tells her outside the door, "I was insulted at a martial competition, but was plucked from desolation by Yingchun in the Liu Residence." These sincere words touch Yingchun, who opens the door and the couple is reunited. They share their pain of an eighteen-year long separation, during which time their son Dingshan and daughter Jinlian have already grown. Xue's loyalty to his wife despite his advancement in rank is held up as a paragon of good conduct and passed down as a legend.

 

Cast: Lu Jinghuai, Wu Manqiao

 

4.4.2014 (Fri)

Tricking Pan Renmei to Admit His Crime

 

During the Northern Song period (960-1127), the Liao army invades Song territory. The Song Emperor appoints Pan Renmei as commander and Yang Jiye as vanguard to repel the Liao army. Renmei is a traitor and colludes with the Liao State to cut down Yang Jiye. Besieged in Lianglang Mountain, Yang sends seventh son Yiansi to break the siege and ask for reinforcements. The Liao soldiers give chase, and luckily for Yiansi, Du Yanzhen, a woman hunter in the mountain, rescues him. They fall in love and become betrothed.

 

Yansi returns to the Song camp amid dangers to ask for reinforcements, but Pan accuses him of desertion and kills him with numerous arrows to the heart. Without the reinforcements, the Song soldiers all perish in battle. Jiye kills himself by banging his head against Li Ling's stele to show his loyalty. When Yanzhao learns of his brother Yansi's unwarranted death as well as his father's in battle, he realises it is Renmei's doing, and files a complaint with the emperor in the capital in indignation. As the emperor's favourite concubine is Pan Renmei's daughter, he tries his best to protect the Pan family. After a persistent request from the Yang family, and the help from Duke Baxian who offers his imperial gold tablet as a guarantee, a trial is to be held in the capital with Kou Zhun as the judge.

 

Kou Zhun is determined to clear the Yang family of any wrongdoing, but the Emperor gives secret orders time and again to curb the trial. Lady Pan the royal concubine also hatches secret plots to thwart Kou's efforts in indicting her father. Then Duke Baxian and Yang Lingpo come up with a stratagem: Du Yanzhen will use a trick to extract Pan Renmei's proof of treason in prison. With the proof before him, Pan cannot but admit his crime. The Yang family's great wrong is righted and their named celebrated by posterity.

 

Cast: Huang Chengzhong, Chen Mingtong, Yu Yuyun, Lu Jinghuai, Wang Guojun, Zhang Yuediao, Li Xueyin, Yang Rongyu, Li Muming

Performers

Main Cast:

Wang Guojun, Yu Yuyun, Huang Xide, Yang Rongyu, Li Xueyin, Huang Chengzhong, Li Muming, Guo Li, Chen Jieyun

Programme Length

Running Time: Approx. 3 hrs with an intermission

Ticketing

Tickets available from 19 February 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:www.urbtix.hk

 

 

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325

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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