Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Theatre
Dates: Mar. 13, 2012-Mar. 14, 2012
Price: VIP/320/260/200/120/80 RMB
Romance of the West Chamber recounts a love story in which the hero and the heroine broke through feudal ethical codes and conventions, and finally got married, expressing the dissatisfaction of people on feudal marital system and their pursuit of true love.
The opera is rich with wonderful lines, intricate plots and climaxes, and vivid characters. As one of the classics, it is acclaimed as like "beauty among the flowers".
Thanks to its perfect artistic achievements, it also tops the four classical dramas in China, granted with titles such as "the best show", "the best ancient Chinese traditional opera", and "the last master piece of Beiqu (northern opera)".
Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre
Founded in 1957, Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre is China's only state-level Kunqu Opera performing organization in the north of Yangtze River. During half a century of art transmission, a large number of outstanding performing artists of Kunqu Opera joined in its transmission in northern China. In addition to inheritance of traditional repertoires, the Theatre also created and adapted Princess Wencheng, Conveying Jingniang for Thousands of Miles, Guan Hanqing and other new repertories, and realized innovation and continuity of this art form in a new historical stage. Inherited from one origin, the Theatre has played a vital role in promoting inheritance and development of Kunqu Opera art in northern China.
A young scholar, named Zhang Junrui came across Cui Yingying, daughter of a late chancellor, at the Pujiu Monastery and the two fell in love with each other at first sight.
But a gang of bandits besieged the monastery as their head coveted Yingying's beauty and wanted to force her to be his wife. The mother of Yingying promised that anyone who succeeded in relieving the siege can marry her daughter.
Zhang defeated the bandits with his wisdom but Yingying's mother broke her promise. Yingying's servant girl, Hong Niang was angry at the decision, and maneuvered to make the dowager to finally agree to marry Yingying to Zhang.