In the bleak cold of autumn, Xiang Yu, the self-proclaimed “Overlord of Western Chu”, realises he faces defeat. As the moon rises, and the sombre mood augurs his downfall, his heartbroken lover Concubine Yu bids farewell before taking her own life with his sword. As he sits, distraught, by the bank of the Wu River, Xiang Yu hears the voice of his dead lover and the spirits of slain soldiers urging him to fight to the end.

Blending traditional Cantonese opera techniques with contemporary stage and lighting design, this groundbreaking adaptation of a Peking opera classic reimagines the last moments of a hero caught between reality and illusion.

The Xiqu Centre’s first ever commissioned work, Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation) premiered in 2016 and has received overwhelming reviews for performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and mainland China. The production was recognised with a Best Experimental Xiqu award at the China (Beijing) Performing Arts Expo 2018, and an Honorary Credential award at the 2018 Xiqu Opera Black Box Festival (Beijing).

“A quality production that dazzles your eyes, touches your heart and captures your imagination.”
── Wu Tong, Deputy Director of the Chinese Theatre Literature Association (Beijing, China)

Cast Character
Keith Lai Xiang Yu
Janet Wong Yuji (Concubine Yu)
Ng Lap-hei Groom / Soldier

Date and Time:
6-8 November 2020 (Friday to Sunday)* 7:15pm
10-13 November 2020 (Tuesday to Friday) 7:15pm
Approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes without intermission

Auto Description* Cantonese audio description available for the performance on 7 November

Studio 1, Xiqu Centre

Regional languages with Chinese and English surtitles


Package Discount:
10% discount for purchases of standard tickets for two festival performances (single transaction).
* Subject to availability. (Package discount is no longer valid)
* No other concessions apply for this programme.


  • The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme and artists.
  • Audiences are advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break.
  • Suitable for ages 6 and above.
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions: 
    • Please provide contact information when purchasing tickets.
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
    • Special seating arrangements are being implemented. Please follow the instructions of our staff.
    • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ticketing Enquiries:
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Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Tickets available from 25 September 2020 (Friday) at 10:00am.

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