International Showcases
Zhuo Wenjun
Sichuan Opera Theatre of Chengdu (Mainland)
Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
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Date and time (HKT)
17 Oct (Thu) - 18 Oct (Fri) 18:00
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Full pass holders are eligible to reserve a seat
Performed in Mandarin and some other dialects with Chinese

For more than two millennia, the romance of Zhou Wenjun and Sima Xiangru have inspired numerous literary and artistic interpretations. Playwright Xu Fen recasts this story featuring only Zhuo as the principal character. Through the depiction of Zhuo’s feelings about life and love, this production arrives at quite an unconventional conclusion. The emphasis on emotions, however, connects both past and present by sentiments that are universal.

Zhuo Wenjun has no set, nor does it use the standard props of one-table-two-chairs, yet the scenery is beautiful because the abstract stage of traditional xiqu opens to even freer imagination. The aesthetic experience is further enhanced by a supporting cast of beautiful women. Musically, Xu employs a new approach to vocal delivery, quoting traditional tune-types (Man Ting Fang, Jiang Tou Gui, Ren Huang Long, Yi Zhi Hua, Shua Hai Er, Qing Nao Ao and Deng Diao) enriched by modern compositional techniques, sometimes even referencing the Sichuan narrative “Yangqin” style.

Since Zhuo and Sima were members of the intellectual class, this production is filled with beauty, elegance and literary flair. However, the genre of Sichuan opera is in no way diluted, retaining its “stunning, spicy and hot” nature.

All in all, although this new work never veers away from its nature as Sichuan opera, it fuses legacy and progress, classic and new trends, literature and drama, elegancy and popularism, beauty and discernment, song and dance perfectly.

Sichuan Opera Theatre of Chengdu

The Sichuan Opera Theatre of Chengdu is one of the most prestigious professional arts institutions in China, tracing its lineage to the historic Sanqing Hui Theatre Society. It has produced many influential productions, among them The Legend of the White Snake, The Tale of Liu Yin and Yu He Qiao, sustaining this unique genre emblematic of the western part of China and its people for 300 years. The Sichuan Opera Theatre of Chengdu has nurtured numerous operatic artists of the highest calibre, many of whom are National Class One performers recognised by the Chinese government. The Theatre’s illustrious playwrights have created works that garnered such national awards as the Wenhua Prize (Ministry of Culture) and multiple accolades at the Chinese Theatre Festival. It also receives financial support from the China National Arts Fund for new work development and training young artists.


The Sichuan Opera Theatre of Chengdu is committed to “nurturing talents, plays, exquisite arts and audience” and injecting ground-breaking elements into the Sichuan opera tradition.


  • Approximately 60 minutes in duration.
  • Free seating.
  • You are recommended to arrive 15 minutes before the event starts. No admission for latecomers.
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. HKPAX reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.