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Award-winning Yue opera comes to HK

The acclaimed Yue opera, "Lu You and Tang Wan", will be staged in Hong Kong on January 17 and 18.

"Lu You and Tang Wan" tells the story of the romance of the great poet of the Southern Song Dynasty, Lu You. Typical of the works performed by the Zhejiang Little Hundred-Flower Yue Opera Troupe, the opera has won broad acclaim for its exquisite playwriting, directing, performance and stagecraft.

National Class One Performers Mao Weitao and Chen Huiling and National Class One Director Yang Xiaoqing will ensure a top-class performance. Also in the cast are Hong Ying, Dong Kedi, Shao Yan and Wu Chunyan.

Director Yang has directed many award-winning productions. Among them, "The Romance of the West Chamber" won the Grand Award at the Wenhua Awards, while "Lu You and Tang Wan", "The Mismatch" and "Ban Zhao" has each won the New Repertory Award at the Wenhua Awards. Yang has been named Best Director at the Wenhua Awards five times and Most Outstanding Director in the Chinese Theatre Festival three times.

Mao Weitao is a National Class One Performer and the Director of the Zhejiang Little Hundred-Flower Yue Opera Troupe. She specialises in the "xiaosheng" (young male) role in the style after Yin Guifang. Her performance is a hybrid of stylistic routines, creating convincing stage presence. Her accolades include the Five "One" Project Award, three Wenhua Awards for Best Performance and two Plum Blossom Awards for Chinese Theatre.

Chen Huiling is a National Class One Performer and trained in the "huadan" (flirtatious female) role after the style of Lu Ruiying. Chen is known for her sensitive interpretation of characters, and her pretty and graceful stage persona. She was the winner of the Best Performance Award at the Wenhua Awards, the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre.

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 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 booking, call 2111 5999; for more information, visit .

Ends/Wednesday, January 7, 2004
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