Yang Wenguang hails from a family of legendary warriors. But a dream about a renowned late forefather, and a failed attempt to rescue his father from enemy hands, cause him to doubt his ability to master the martial arts skills of his ancestors. When a manservant reveals that the key to honouring his family’s legacy lies not in study but within his heart, Wenguang finds the strength to fight on.

Set 1,000 years ago, in the Northern Song dynasty, Wenguang Explores the Valley is an experimental retelling of an historic tale centred around the legendary Yang family generals. The adaptation combines traditional and new set pieces, stunning digital backdrops and contemporary theatre technology and practices, and presents Wenguang’s contemplation of his family legacy as a metaphor for the preservation and innovation of Cantonese opera in the modern era.

Wenguang Explores the Valley is the Xiqu Centre’s second experimental Cantonese opera production. It premiered in 2019 in Beijing, and was awarded Best Play in the Contemporary Small Theatre – Xiqu category at the 2019 Beijing New Arts and Culture Outstanding Theatre Showcase series. The upcoming performances are the first in Hong Kong.

"Organically integrates traditional and modern directional styles" 
── Yang Qinwu, Deputy Chairperson and General Secretary of the Beijing Dramatist Association

Cast Character
Keith Lai Yang Jiye / Yang Zongbao
Janet Wong Yang Qiniang (Du Jiner)
Ng Lap-hei Yang Wenguang
Shum Pak-chuen Yang Hong / Wang Wen

22–27 October 2020 (Thursday to Tuesday)

Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes without intermission

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 (Package discount is no longer valid)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:
(852) 2200 0022, ticketinfo@wkcda.hk

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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