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Hung Ka Po Cantonese Opera Troupe: An Official’s Promotion – a newly adapted Cantonese Opera and Chuncao breaks into the Trial Court
【Programme rescheduled】
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【Programme rescheduled】

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, all LCSD performance venues will continue to be temporarily closed and will not be opened before the end of August. The programme is rescheduled until further notice. For details of the rescheduled performances, please refer to the latest announcement on the Cultural Presentations website and Facebook afterwards. Please send email to cp2@lcsd.gov.hk for enquiries.

An Official’s Promotion – a newly adapted Cantonese Opera
8.3.2020 (Sun), 2:15pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
(Previously rescheduled to 29.8.2020 (Sat), 7:30pm at Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre, now rescheduled until further notice)

9.3.2020 (Mon), 7:30pm
Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
(Previously rescheduled to 30.8.2020 (Sun), 7:30pm, and changed to Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, now rescheduled until further notice)

Chuncao breaks into the Trial Court
10.3.2020 (Tue), 7:30pm
Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
(Previously rescheduled to 23.8.2020 (Sun), 2:15pm, and changed to Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre, now rescheduled until further notice)

Pre-performance Talk
24.2.2020 (Mon), 7:30pm
AC2, 4/F Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
(Previously rescheduled to 11.8.2020 (Tue), 7:30pm, AC2, 4/F Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, now rescheduled until further notice)
Free admission, no ticket needed

Post-performance Talk
23.3.2020 (Mon), 7:30pm
AC1, 4/F Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
(Previously rescheduled to 25.9.2020 (Fri), 7:30pm, AC2, 4/F Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, now rescheduled until further notice)
Free admission, no ticket needed

 

23.8.2020 (Rescheduled until further notice)

Chuncao breaks into the Trial Court

Playwright: Law Ka-ying

 

The Prime Minister’s daughter Li Banyue, accompanied by her maid, Chuncao, goes to Huashan on an incense-offering pilgrimage.  She is harassed by Wu Du, son of the Minister of Civil Service.  A chivalrous young man, Xue Meiting, happens to pass by and comes to their rescue.  He kills Wu by accident and is taken into custody and sent to the yamen.  Lady Yang, Minister Wu’s wife, tries to force Prefect Hu to flog Xue to death to avenge her son’s death.  In a desperate attempt to save him, Chuncao barges into the courtroom, and lies that Xue is the Prime Minister’s son-in-law.  Prefect Hu dares not enforce the flogging, to the chagrin of Lady Yang.  But he insists to go to the Prime Minister’s Residence to confirm.  At first Chuncao tries to pull wool over his eyes by saying the slow-witted maid, Qiuhua, is her mistress and the Prime Minister’s daughter, but the lie is soon discovered.  She persuades Banyue to acknowledge Xue as her husband.  The two then go to the capital to explain the case to the Prime Minister.  But he flies into a rage and writes a letter to instruct Hu to deliver Xue’s head to the capital instead.  Chuncao plays a trick to detain the official messenger, and asks Banyue to change the content of the letter before it is delivered.  On receipt of it, the sycophantic Prefect Hu is more than happy to make a big fanfare out of it and give Xue a rousing send-off to the capital.  The procession rattles the capital and all officials send gifts and congratulations.  Even the Emperor bestows a plaque to mark the happy occasion.  Prime Minister Li cannot but accept Xue as his son-in-law.

 

Loong Koon-tin as Xue Meiting

Cheng Wing-mui as Chuncao

Chan Hung-chun as Prefect Hu

Lai Yiu-wai as Wu Du (former) / Li Zhongqin (latter)

Vong Seng-pan as Wang Shoubei

Fu Shuwang as Lady Yang (Originally performed by Yat Dim-hung)

Leung Fei-tung as Li Banyue (Originally performed by Wang Kit-ching)

Siu Wing-yee as Qiuhua (Originally performed by Leung Fei-tung)

 

 

29-30.8.2020 (Rescheduled until further notice)

An Official’s Promotion– a newly adapted Cantonese Opera

Adaptation: Loong Koon-tin, Chan Hung-chun, Lai Yiu-wai

 

An Official’s Promotion is adapted from An Official’s Demotion, a play in the repertories of the vernacular opera of Tangshan called Pingju and of Fujian Opera.  The storyline makes references to the Chinese proverbial saying of fictional objects, ‘zixu wuyou’ (out-of-nowhere and non-existent).  Bian Yixiao, Governor of Zixu Prefecture, is a broad-minded and upright official who has no fear of the powers-that-be.  He is demoted to the post of Mayor of Wuyou County by Cui Yunlong, the newly appointed Inspector of Three Provinces, for having taken Zhang Xiuyu, a courtesan, as wife.  Cui promotes Jin Daxian, a hypocrite, in Bian’s place as the new Governor of Zixu Prefectureinstead.  Then a murder case happens in the Wuyou County.  To investigate, Bian disguises himself as a fortune-teller to gather evidence at the tea house.  There he meets Cui who is on an inspection tour disguised as a traveler doctor.  They strike up a warm friendship instantly.  Bian thinks highly of Cui and offers to train him, and takes him back to his residence.  During the night, Bian visits secretly the scene of the crime and discovers the adulterous couple Liu Qiang and Ai Chunlan, both suspects in the murder case.  Liu injures Bian in a scuffle and flees.  Because of his injuries, Bian asks Cui to preside over the trial on his behalf.  Cui finds out that Governor Jin’s nephew is the murderer, but he frees him on purpose while feigning obsequiousness towards the Governor.  Outraged, Bian puts Cui in jail.  His wife visits Cui in his cell and gives him a lesson in morality.  By then, Cui is filled with admiration for this couple and feels remorse over Bian’s demotion.  Bian is set on bringing the murderer to justice.  However, Governor Jin covers up for his nephew and accuses Bian viciously of raping a widow.  How will the case end?  To find out, attend the show.

 

Loong Koon-tin as Cui Yunlong

Cheng Wing-mui as Zhang Xiuyu

Chan Hung-chun as Bian Yixiao

Lui Hung-kwong as Stall Owner (former) / Jin Daxian (latter) (Originally performed by Lai Yiu-wai)

Chan Kei-ting as Ai Chunlan (Originally performed by Wang Kit-ching)

Yat Dim-hung as Wang Xu (former) / General Hu (latter)

Fu Shuwang as Lishi (former) / Judge Lai (latter)

Mo Huamin as Liu Qiang (former) / Soldier Zhou (latter) (Originally performed by Vong Seng-pan)

Leung Fei-tung as Qiuju

 

 

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

 

Information provided by the arts group

 

      

Please refer to Chinese version.

 

DATE
VENUE
PRICE
23.08.2020 (Sun)
14:15
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
location
$240, $160, $140
29.08.2020 (Sat)
19:30
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
location
$340, $220, $140
30.08.2020 (Sun)
19:30
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
location
$340, $220, $160, $140
DATE
23.08.2020 (Sun)
14:15
PRICE
$240, $160, $140

DATE
29.08.2020 (Sat)
19:30
PRICE
$340, $220, $140

DATE
30.08.2020 (Sun)
19:30
PRICE
$340, $220, $160, $140

Tickets will be available at all URBTIX outlets, on internet, mobile app and credit card telephone booking.  
The exact counter-booking date will be announced later.  Please refer to the latest announcements on the Cultural Presentations website and Facebook.

Please visit the following webpage for details on the special opening hours of URBTIX outlets: http://www.urbtix.hk/internet/en_US/newsDetail/167549

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.)


Smart Price
Save $8 per ticket for booking through the URBTIX website, mobile app or credit card telephone booking.

 

Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

 

 

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325

Ticketing Enquiries:3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

 

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
11.08.2020 (Tue)
19:30
25.09.2020 (Fri)
19:30
AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
location
Free Admission
DATE
11.08.2020 (Tue)
19:30
25.09.2020 (Fri)
19:30
PRICE
Free Admission

Pre-performance Talk (Rescheduled until further notice)

11 August 2020 (Tue) 7:30pm

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

Speaker: Loong Koon-tin, Cheng Wing-mui, Chan Hung-chun

 

Post-performance Talk (Rescheduled until further notice)

25 September 2020 (Fri) 7:30pm

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

Speaker: Loong Koon-tin, Cheng Wing-mui, Chan Hung-chun

 

 

In Cantonese

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

 

Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
  • date23.08.2020 (Sun) 14:15
  • price$240, $160, $140
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
  • date29.08.2020 (Sat) 19:30
  • price$340, $220, $140
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
  • date30.08.2020 (Sun) 19:30
  • price$340, $220, $160, $140
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