This August, we are delighted to host the GuoGuang Opera Company from Taiwan, who return to Hong Kong with their original Peking opera production Dowager Xiao-Zhuang and Dorgon.

Since 1995, GuoGuang Opera Company has become known for innovative, contemporary productions of traditional and new Peking opera. Recent original works, including The Golden Cangue, One Hundred Years On Stage, Sunlight after Snowfall and The Painting of 18 Lohans, have won both critical acclaim and the hearts of young audiences.

Based on Qing dynasty folklore, the royal tragedy Dowager Xiao-Zhuang and Dorgon explores the depths of the human condition in a production that reflects the new aesthetics of Peking opera in Taiwan.


When Emperor Shunzhi takes the throne and begins to investigate the treasonous dealings of his predecessor, his mother, Yu-er, the Empress Dowager Xiao-Zhuang, is forced to remember the painful past...

As the granddaughter of the Chief of the Khorchin Mongols, the young Xiao-Zhuang is forced into marriage with the Manchurian crown prince Huang Taiji – an arrangement designed to establish peace between the two peoples. On her journey to Manchuria to meet her future husband, however, she falls secretly in love with the young man sent to escort her, Huang Taiji’s younger half-brother Dorgon.

After the death of the Manchurian Emperor, Huang Taiji takes his place as ruler. As a trusted soldier, Dorgon leads a number of successful battles, helping to secure Huang Taiji’s position and power. Meanwhile, Xiao-Zhuang becomes the mother of a son and two daughters.

When Huang Taiji’s life is cut short, Dorgon seeks to take power himself. But his succession is challenged. To settle the matter without bloodshed, Xiao-Zhuang intervenes and declares that her son Shunzhi should take the throne. Acquiescing, Dorgon is made the official escort and protector of both Shunzhi and Xiao-Zhuang. Forced to live in close proximity, and with animosity growing between nephew and uncle, the secret love between Xiao-Zhuang and Dorgon weighs heavy on them both…

Wei Hai-min, Tang Wen-hwua, Wen Yu-hang, Wang Yao-xing, Lin Ting-yu, Li Jia-de, Huang Shi-ya
Performing with the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan

Programme Details

30-31 August 2019 (Friday to Saturday)


Running time: 
Approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes, including an intermission of 20 minutes
Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable break.

Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Regional languages with Chinese and English surtitles

$500, $420, $320, $250

Concession details

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Discount offers:

  • 10% off with Tea House Theatre ticket: Present a ticket for any Xiqu Tea House Theatre programme and receive a 10% discount on one standard ticket. Offer available at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office only.
  • Online group booking: 20% discount for online purchases of eight or more same price standard tickets (for one performance) in one transaction.
  • Over the counter/phone group booking: 20% discount for purchases of eight or more standard tickets (any price, any performance) in one transaction at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office or via the ticketing hotline (852) 2200 0022 only.

* Subject to availability.
*Above discount offers are not valid in conjunction with other promotion offers.

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