Expo Programmes
Love in the Bamboo Grove
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
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Date and time (HKT)
14 Oct (Mon) 20:00
Pass holder
Full pass holders are eligible to reserve a seat
Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

Written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Raymond To Kwok-wai, Love in the Bamboo Grove is a new Cantonese opera commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival and premiered in 2023 to critical acclaim. In this coming rerun, a revised version will be produced, and all the original cast and creatives will remain in the team, including the virtuoso Sun Kim-long as the director, and young Cantonese opera stars Lam Tin-yau and Cheng Nga-ki in the lead roles.

Set in the late Wei and early Jin dynasties (circa 3rd century CE), this full length, two-act work is centred around the descendants of the Seven Sages, a group of literati who, disenchanted with palace intrigue, retreat from society in pursuit of a hedonistic life. As the main characters, Xiang Chong and Ji Dan, proclaim their underlying love for each other, they vow to retrieve a lost musical instrument which belonged to Ji’s late father. Their patriotic ideals prove unfaltering and their love all the more resolute in the face of great personal peril. Different forms of love are explored in this emotionally charged and action-packed production with a dazzling cast of both seasoned and emerging artists.

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