In light of the current situation, 2020 Hong Kong Arts Festival - Cantonese Opera – A Thorn Hairpin on 10-11 March 2020 (Tuesday to Wednesday) has been cancelled. Please click here for ticketing arrangements. Ticketing Enquiries: (852) 2200 0022,

Regarded as the longest surviving form of Chinese opera, nanxi (Southern opera) originated in Wenzhou as an everyday popular revue during the turbulent Song and Yuan dynasties and was subsequently developed by literati into more refined works of kunqu, Cantonese opera and regional operas. This series showcases the four iconic nanxi plays in an exceptional line-up that spotlights the genre’s finesse in two operatic forms. An enthralling week to witness living history—not to be missed!

A Thorn Hairpin is a tale of romantic devotion in a feudal society is rarely performed in Hong Kong, and for this production audiences are in for a special treat: the lead roles are performed by on-and-off-screen star couple Law Kar-ying and Liza Wang, seen together in this opera for the first time. They are joined by a star-studded cast of veteran Cantonese opera artists—including Yau Sing-po in the gender-swapping role of the protagonist’s mother—some of whom performed in the 2003 adaptation by Yip Shiu-tak. The new staging recalls the indelible performance of the original production and preserves the poignant dramatic tension of the script while dazzling the audience with new elements added by Law Kar-ying.

Artistic Team:
Playwright: Yip Shiu-tak
Coordination: Liza Wang
Director: Law Kar-ying
Percussion Leader: Yau Lung
Ensemble Leader: Pang Kam-shun

Wong Sap-pang: Law Kar-ying
Chin Yuk-lin: Liza Wang
Madame Wong: Yau Sing-po
Chin Lau-ying: Lui Hong-kwong
Suen Yu-kuen: Sun Kim-long
Madame Yiu: Chan Ka-ming
Chin Joi-wo: Wan Yuk-yu
Little Lan: Lam Po-chu
Madame Lee: Leung Yee-lin

10-11 March 2020 (Tuesday to Wednesday)

Approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes including an intermission.

Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

$680, $480, $300

Half price for Wheelchair User and a companion, People with disabilities, and local full time students. Concessionary tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission.

Age Limit:
Suitable for ages 6 and above

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Programme Enquiries:
Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Limited

Programme Website:
Hong Kong Arts Festival - The Four Southern Opera Classics

Hong Kong Arts Festival

Tickets available from 11 December 2019 (Wednesday) at 10:00am.

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