Loyal to Love is based on a true story, the Biography of Song, from the Hou Han Shu, or Book of the Later Han, an ancient document on Han Dynasty China compiled in the 5th century.
Originally written by noted playwright Li Cunzhi as a Sixian opera (a form originating around 500 years ago in the northern province of Hebei), Loyal to Love was first presented by the Pingxiang Sixian Theatre Troupe in Jiangxi in 1982. In 1989, the Cantonese opera version, written by notable playwright Qing Zhongyin, premiered with local stars Law Ka-ying and Liza Wang at the Lee Theatre in Hong Kong.
A tale of noble devotion, the play tells the story of the virtuous man Song Hong and his first wife Zheng Qiao’er. As a young couple facing war and hardship, Song and Qiao’er promise to stand by each other no matter what comes their way. The talented Song attracts the attention of the Emperor’s sister, Princess Huyang, and is approached by the Emperor who suggests that to reflect his improved position he should abandon Qiao’er and take Huyang as his second wife. Not wishing to break the promise he made to his loyal wife, Song risks the Emperor’s anger by rejecting the proposal, saying, “Forget not the friend made in poverty and amidst misfortunes, and desert not the wife who stayed loyal through the hardest days.” When the Emperor and Princess Huyang call for Song to be executed, Zheng Qiao’er bravely comes to his rescue.
Date: 12–13 August 2016 (Friday - Saturday)
Venue: Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
Ticket price: $180, $120, $80*
*Seats with sightline restriction
Half price for senior citizens, people with disabilities and their accompanying minders, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and full-time students.
Tickets are available at URBTIX from 26 May 2016
Online booking: www.urbtix.hk
Telephone credit card booking: 2111 5999
With Chinese lyrics and English story outlines
Cast: Doris Kwan#, Juliana Kwan#, Lao Yu Fung#, Wong Hai Wing#, Chan Kei Ting#, Chan Chak-Lui, Man Wah, Ko Man-him, Ng Kwok-wa, Lee Yee-Lok and Man Lai Ha#
*With the kind permission of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art
#Rising Stars of Xiqu Centre