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Four Decades of Artistry Brought Together on One Stage
The Sword of the Valiant and Death of a Loyal Warrior
【Programme rescheduled】
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【Reschedule of Programme】

The performances of The Sword of the Valiant scheduled on 4 February (Tuesday) at 7:30pm at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall, The Sword of the Valiant and Death of a Loyal Warrior scheduled on 17 and 18 February (Monday and Tuesday) at 7:30pm at the Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing respectively, will be rescheduled until further notice.  Please keep the original intact ticket(s) (with stubs) for the rescheduled performance or refund.  The post-performance talk of this programme scheduled on 10 March (Tuesday) at 7:30pm at AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre will also be rescheduled.  For details of the rescheduled performances, post-performance talk or refund arrangement, please refer to the latest announcement on the Cultural Presentations website (www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp) and Facebook afterwards.  Please send email to cp2@lcsd.gov.hk for enquiries.

 

Four Decades of Artistry Brought Together on One Stage

Members of the first training course organised by The Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong in 1980 will have a memorable reunion on stage with two Cantonese Opera productions, The Sword of the Valiant and Death of a Loyal Warrior.  The occasion marks the conglomeration of stage expertise of forty years of the seasoned artists and is definitely worth celebrating.

 

The Sword of the Valiant

Playwright: Yip Shiu-tak

Date: 4.2.2020 (Tue)      Time: 7:30pm         Venue: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall

Date: 17.2.2020 (Mon)   Time: 7:30pm         Venue: Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing

 

The story takes place during mid-Ming.  The Emperor is fatuous and the people are suffering.  The minister who holds sway over state affairs, Meng Kui, colludes with Japanese pirates.  A righteous man called Xun Ru happens to know that Meng Kui will be passing through Huainan and plots to assassinate him.  He knows the patriotic Long family have an heirloom, a sword with a hidden blade, which would help him succeed.  So he goes to see the matriarch, Dowager Long.  Now the Dowager has chosen to lead a life as a recluse on the banks of the Huai River with her grandchildren, Jialie and Jiajie, after the family lost many lives for greater causes.  She trains the two in martial arts day after day behind closed doors.  When Xun comes, she firmly turns down his request.  Xun vows to her that killing Meng would be removing the greatest evil for the masses.  The Dowager is moved, and sends her grandson Jialie to bring the sword and be the assassin.  She also bids him to have the mindset to die if he fails.  Jiajie is worried about her younger brother going on this deadly mission alone.  She dresses as a man and trails him in order to protect him.  At an inn, she happens to find Ruyu there as well, so the two young women join hands on the mission.  Jialie manages to get close to Meng after putting up several foils.  Unfortunately, despite wielding the sword-in-sword, he fails to kill Meng.  He is driven off a cliff in the chase.  Meng Kui orders his men to search for the assassin, but the body retrieved from below the cliff has been defaced.  Meng hangs the head high and offers a bounty to whoever recognizes its identity.  At the news of the death, Jiajie and Ruyu hurry to the camp and an ambush is waiting.  They have to fight hard to free themselves.  Ruyu drops her pendant, and Meng Kui, who recognizes the Long family's treasures, knows where the assassin comes from.  On Dowager Long’s birthday, she orders to hold the celebrations because there is no news of Jialie, while Jiajie has returned wounded.  She senses that it bodes ill and is in no mood for birthday parties.  Then suddenly Meng Kui announces his visit.  He presents the Dowager with a silk box and forces her to open it.  Inside is a human head.  The Dowager is enraged rather than devastated.  She castigates Meng for insulting her family of loyal patriots.  Meng avers that Jialie is the assassin on the evidence of the jade pendant.  The Dowager rebukes that he has stolen it to incriminate them.  Meng gives her five days to surrender Jialie, otherwise the whole family will be punished by death……

 

Wai Chun-fai        as Long Jialie

Chong Yuen-sin    as Long Jiajie

Liu Kwok-sum     as Dowager Long

Wan Yuk-yu*        as Xun Ru (first) / Meng Kui (after)

Chor Ling-yan      as Ruyu

Pui Chun-hin        as Situ Weiying

Lung Ting-sang    as Xun Xu

Sze Yuen-ying       as Nanny

Ho Yuen-sze          as Granny

*Special Guest

 

The running time of the performance is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes including an intermission of 15 minutes.

 

 

Death of a Loyal Warrior

Playwright: Yip Shiu-tak

Date: 18.2.2020 (Tue)    Time: 7:30pm         Venue: Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing

 

The story takes place during the Ming dynasty.  The fatuous Emperor is facing serious troubles within his empire and abroad.  The frontier is guarded by the patriotic family of Marshal Zhong Yujun, whose elder son Xiaoquan is talented in both literary and martial arts.  Xiaoquan suspects the Consort’s father for conspiring with the King of Wala, and is waiting to hear from his twin brother Xiaoyi who is gathering intelligence on the enemy.  However, the Marshal mistakes Xiaoquan’s prudence as cowardice, and orders him to go ahead with the expedition.  Xiaoyi discovers the enemy’s plot against Xiaoquan and hurries to rescue his brother from an ambush.  At the meantime, the Consort’s father slanders Xiaoquan before the Emperor.  Xiaoquan is thus summoned by the Emperor, and is subject to military discipline if he defies the order.  While everyone is in disarray, the Consort’s father arrives with the golden token from the Emperor, threatening to execute the entire Zhong family if Xiaoquan does not return to the court immediately.  Xiaoquan has no choice but to follow the order.  Deceived by the rumours, the Emperor dismisses Xiaoquan from his position.  Zhong Yujun also falls into the trap of the villains, thinking that the ruthlessness of his son has triggered the invasion of the enemies.  Zhong Yujun strikes Xiaoquan in anger with his sabre, wanting to execute him with his own hands.  At the same time, the Consort’s father arrives with the royal decree and announces that Xiaoquan be executed.  Despite coming back with the proof of the Consort’s father’s treason, it is already too late for Xiaoyi to rescue his brother who has been executed by the Consort’s father.  To avenge his brother, Xiaoyi strikes his sabre and kills the villain on the spot.

 

Wai Chun-fai        as Zhong Xiaoquan (scenes 1, 4)

Pui Chun-hin        as Zhong Xiaoquan (scenes 2, 3)

Chong Yuen-sin    as Lu Ziying (scenes 1, 4)

Chor Ling-yan      as Lu Ziying (scenes 2, 3)

Lung Ting-sang    as Lu Jianying (scenes 1, 3, 4)

Kwong Tsz-wong* as Lu Jianying (scene 2)

Liu Kwok-sum      as Zhong Yujun

Wan Yuk-yu*        as Consort’s Father

Sze Yuen-ying       as Zong Mulan (scenes 1, 2)

Ho Yuen-sze          as Zong Mulan (scenes 3, 4)

Ng Lap-hei*             as Zhong Xiaoyi

Kwok Chun-hang as King of the barbarians

*Special Guest

 

The running time of the performance is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes including an intermission of 15 minutes.

 

Information provided by the arts group.

 

Please refer to Chinese version.

DATE
VENUE
PRICE
04.02.2020 (Tue)
19:30
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
location
$380, $300, $220, $140
17.02.2020 (Mon)
19:30
18.02.2020 (Tue)
19:30
Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
location
$320, $240, $140
DATE
04.02.2020 (Tue)
19:30
PRICE
$380, $300, $220, $140
DATE
17.02.2020 (Mon)
19:30
18.02.2020 (Tue)
19:30
PRICE
$320, $240, $140

Tickets available from 31 December onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 and 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.)


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The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.

The programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

DATE
VENUE
PRICE
13.01.2020 (Mon)
19:30
10.03.2020 (Tue)
19:30
AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
location
Free Admission
DATE
13.01.2020 (Mon)
19:30
10.03.2020 (Tue)
19:30
PRICE
Free Admission

Pre-Performance Talk

13 January 2020 (Mon) 7:30pm

AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Speaker: Mak Wai-man, Liu Kwok-sum, Wai Chun-fai, Chong Yuen-sin, Chor Ling-yan, Sze Yuen-ying, Ho Yuen-sze, Lung Ting-sang

 

Post-Performance Talk

10 March 2020 (Tue) 7:30pm

AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Speaker: Mak Wai-man, Liu Kwok-sum, Wai Chun-fai, Chong Yuen-sin, Pui Chun-hin, Chor Ling-yan, Sze Yuen-ying, Ho Yuen-sze, Lung Ting-sang

 

In Cantonese

Free Admission.  Limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
  • date04.02.2020 (Tue) 19:30
  • price$380, $300, $220, $140
Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
  • date17.02.2020 (Mon) 19:30
  • date18.02.2020 (Tue) 19:30
  • price$320, $240, $140
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