Beijing Opera

No 1 Troupe of the China National Peking Opera Company

The Chinese opera troupe performs: The Drunken Royal Concubine and Beating with a Gold Brick (with Li Shengsu, left), Jul 20, 7.30pm; Wu Zixu, Jul 21, 2.30pm; The Shoe Story, Jul 21, 7.30pm; and The Wild Boar Forest, Jul 22, 7.30pm.

Sunday, 15 July, 2012, 12:00am

Preaching the West's radical theatre

As founder of Beijing-based performance troupe Theatre du Reve Experimental, Wang Chong specialises in translating Western drama productions into Chinese. The acclaimed 30-year-old's directing credits include The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, Hamletmachine by Heiner Muller and Central Park West by Woody Allen.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Peking Opera 'losing its tradition'

A top musician has criticised a new adaptation of the Peking Opera Farewell My Concubine.

Li Zuming, of the China National Peking Opera Company, said modern elements tacked on to the classic opera - including video and even a real horse - had turned it into a stage play.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


28 Curtain up

Counter sales have now started for Hong Kong Arts Festival tickets. Featuring everything from Beijing opera and a Saharan rock group to outdoor Shakespeare in Cantonese and wearable fashion, there's sure to be something that appeals.

When: January 28-March 3, 2012

Tickets: from HK Ticketing and Urbtix outlets

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Opera hits the right notes

Wuhan's traditional Hanju Opera is one of the lesser-known styles of Chinese opera and definitely worth a night out when in Wuhan. The city has dozens of small and large opera houses devoted to Wuhan's acrobatic styles and Hanju operatic performances.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Theatre group rides wave of 3-D sex live on stage

If the silver-screen version of 3-D sex was a flop for you, head to Discovery Bay this month for a real-life adults-only show by the same author who inspired the movie - and all for the price of a cinema ticket.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

Friendly advice for Aaron Kwok to tie the knot

It seems not only Aaron Kwok Fu-shing's long-time girlfriend, Lynn Xiong Dailin, wants him to tie the knot; his actress friend Anita Yuen Wing-yee is also eager to see the singer-actor settle down.

'I've always wanted him to get married and have children so that he can understand what it's like to be a family guy,' Yuen said.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Unchanging face of Beijing opera

Leaning towards the mirror, Yang Chi outlines an elongated red 'W' in the centre of his broad forehead. The Beijing opera master puts down his paintbrush, sings a few raspy notes and gradually loses himself behind the white-powdered face of North Han Commander Zhang Ding-bian, with black-winged eyes and hooked brows.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Q&A:Wakin Chau

Taiwan-based singer-songwriter Wakin Chau produced a number of popular tunes such as You Make Me Happy and Sad and Flower's Heart in the late 1980s and 1990s. With more than 40 albums to his name, the Hong Kong-born multi-platinum-selling artist is known for his catchy music, smooth vocals and 'nice guy' persona.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Tears of happiness for chance to be donor

Customs inspector Simon Hui Sai-man has spoken of his 'indescribable happiness' after donating part of his liver to save the life of a critically injured colleague.

Hui wept yesterday as he spoke publicly for the first time since the operation four days ago in which part of his organ was implanted in fellow officer Yuen Wai-cheung, who had been injured in the line of duty.

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Summer festival to showcase extravaganza of Chinese opera

A festival showcasing a variety of Chinese operas will be held this summer to promote the traditional art form and make Hong Kong a hub for Chinese operas.

Chinese Opera Festival 2010, organised for the first time by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held from June 4 to July 21.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Martial arts troupe reunites for a bash

Hong Kong-China Opera Institute's 50th anniversary charity dinner

Where: InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel

When: November 13

4 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Return to gender

Cantonese opera performer Paris Wong Hau-wai reckons he has what it takes to play female roles. 'When I was a kid, people always said I looked like a girl,' says the willowy 27-year-old. 'I also love women's literature and when I studied movies my area of interest was feminist cinema.'

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Little filmmakers

Holy Family Canossian School (Kowloon City) outperformed other secondary and primary schools to win five awards, including the grand prize in the schools category, at the second Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival last month.

The festival was jointly organised by the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association and the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Peking Opera Classics

Peking Opera virtuosi including Li Yufu, Li Changchun and Ye Jinyuan and the Mei Lanfang Company of the Peking Opera Theatre of Beijing perform excerpts from five Chinese operas. Today's show features The Hanjin Crossing and Flying Tiger Mountain, while tomorrow's show is a performance of The Lady General Mu Guiying Leads Her Army to War. In Putonghua with Chinese and English surtitles.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am