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December
All-women troupe to perform Yue opera
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The all-women Zhejiang Little Hundred-Flower Yue Opera Troupe will perform a new version of the Yue opera, "Lu You and Tang Wan", on January 17 and 18 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Winner of the New Repertory Award at the Wenhua Awards, the opera tells the story of the romance of the great poet of the Tang Dynasty, Lu You. The opera has won the plaudits for its playwriting, directing, performances and stagecraft. National Class One Performers Mao Weitao and Chen Huiling and National Class One Director Yang Xiaoqing will lead the drama. Other performers include Hong Ying, Dong Kedi, Shao Yan and Wu Chunyan.

The troupe has a stock repertoire of major works, such as "The Story of the Lute", "The Story of the White Rabbit", "Man Ting Fang", "Grievances in the Han Imperial Palace", "Emperor Hanwu Invigorating the State to Chen Sanliang", "Rouge and Tang Bohu Failing in an Imperial Examination" and "Zhao's Orphan".

Since it's founding in 1984, the troupe has toured to the US, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the opera will be staged at 7.30pm on January 17 and 18 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $320, $240, $180 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis).

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

Ends/Saturday, December 13, 2003
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