Cantonese opera
Emperor Wu of Han
and His Jester Strategist
Chinese Opera │ Hong Kong
Cantonese opera
Emperor Wu of Han
and His Jester Strategist
Chinese Opera │ Hong Kong

Cantonese opera: Emperor Wu of Han and His Jester Strategist

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A dramatic confrontation of two of the most brilliant minds in Chinese history

Cantonese opera veterans and emerging stars shine in a brand new opera

INTRODUCTION

Behind every man of power is a man of wit.

For nearly half a century, Emperor Wu of Han (140-87 BC) ruled over a nation stretching from Wiman Joseon (now North Korea) to Central Asia.

Emperor Wu of Han and his Jester Strategist explores the electrifying relationship between Emperor Wu and the charismatic and quick-witted courtier Dongfang Shuo during the founding years of the Han dynasty.

A worthy intellectual foil to Emperor Wu, Dongfang Shuo’s propensity for jests and tricks both challenges and complements the Emperor’s temperament. Their fiery rapport stokes a determination in Emperor Wu to turn the Han Dynasty into a great empire, opening up Silk Road trade routes between East and West and raising himself into one of the most powerful monarchs in world history.

Written by celebrated Cantonese opera performer Loong Koon-tin, emerging star Lai Yiu-wai, and Chinese opera educator and actor Lau Shun, this ground-breaking new opera charts the start of this Emperor’s extraordinary reign and the exceptional personalities of his court.

CAST & PRODUCTION

Co-written by
Lau Shun
Loong Koon-tin
Lai Yiu-wai

PRODUCTION

Produced by
Koon Kin Kuen Company Limited

Commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival

SPECIAL NOTES

With Chinese surtitles and English scene synopsis

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