A Cantonese opera classic returns to HKAF with a star-studded cast
Yau Sing-po and Law Kar-ying bring star quality to this Cantonese opera classic
Set against the backdrop of Han-Chu contention in the final years of the Qin dynasty (206-202BCE), Farewell My Concubine gives a stirring portrayal of Xiang Yu, the King of Chu. As the once triumphant warlord falls to the forces of Liu Bang, the King of Han who is aided by general Han Xin, Xiang Yu and his beloved Concubine Yu Ji meet their end in a heart-rending separation at the close of Battle of Gaixia (202BCE).
Premiered as a HKAF commission in 1995 to wide acclaim, Farewell My Concubine makes a highly anticipated return after 23 years featuring two inimitable stars as the hegemon king. Yau Sing-po, hailed as the greatest interpreter of Xiang Yu in Cantonese opera, reprises his role and performs it in parallel with the consummate veteran Law Kar-ying in alternate scenes.
Inspired by the monumental history play of political intrigue and war, love and honour, Farewell My Concubine is a novel rendition of a Cantonese opera classic that spotlights a painted face character in the lead role. Yau and Law bring the formidable warrior king to life, accentuated by spectacular heritage costumes and characteristic painted faces. This historic production features and supported by a stellar cast of the brightest stars of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong.
Martial Arts Instructor
Yau Sing Po as Xiang Yu
Law Kar-ying as Xiang Yu
Leung Siu Ming as Han Xin
Wan Fei-yin as Yu Ji
Yuen Siu-fai as Xiao He
Lam Po-Chu as laundry woman
Sun Kim-long as Fan Zeng
Song Hung-bo as Fan Kuai
Liu Kwok-sum as Liu Bang
Wan Yuk-yu as Xiang Bo
Approx 3 hrs 30 mins incl one interval
With Chinese surtitles and English scene synopses