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Local Peking opera troupe tells a famous story

The Hong Kong Jing Kun Arts Association will next month perform a well-known Peking and Kun opera "Wu Song and Pan Jinlian".

The shows will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 21, at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall. Leading casts include beloved local actress Tang Yuen-ha, national class one performer Ke Jun (guest), the resident director and lecturer of the association Geng Tianyuan and Liu Guihua (guest), who is famous for performing the "squatted walk".

Tiger-killer Wu Song meets his elder brother Wu Da and is invited to live with him. His sister-in-law, Pan Jinlian, is filled with admiration for Song and is ready to pour out her heart to him yet Song rejects her. One day, Jinlian meets Ximen Qing and they are immediately infatuated with each other. Granny Wang manages to arrange a rendezvous between the two, and so an affair begins. Da corners the adulterers, and Jinlian is persuaded by Wang to poison her husband. When Song comes back, Jinlian lies that Da has died of a heart disease. Song keeps an all-night vigil by his brother's coffin and Da's ghost appears. Next day, Song invites his neighbours home to bear witness to the adultery. When they are confirmed guilty, he kills the adulterers before surrendering himself.

Established in 1986 with an aim to developing and promoting Peking Opera and Kunqu, Hong Kong Jing Kun Arts Association has organised a variety of performances, talks, workshops, courses and exhibitions over the years. It has also held activities to showcase the development of Peking Opera in the last 100 years. In recent years, it has devoted much of its efforts towards the development of new and creative works, such as "The Precious Lotus Lantern" and "The Great Belfry" (an adaptation of Victor Hugo's great novel "Notre Dame de Paris"). "The Romance of the Condor Lovers", which was invited to participate in the 3rd China Peking Opera Festival organised by the Ministry of Culture of China in 2001, was the association's first Peking Opera to represent HKSAR at such a major event.

"Wu Song and Pan Jinlian" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $280, $200 and $100 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Discounts of 10% and up to 30% apply to Friends of LCSD performing venues and special group bookings respectively. Please check out programme leaflets for details.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999.

Ends/Wednesday, September 15, 2004
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