|Fri Sep 25 2015, 7:30pm–10:50pm|
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Adapted from the classic Chinese opera The Peony Pavilion, Peony My Beauty is a refreshing adaptation of the touching love story between Du Li Niang and Liu Meng Mei. The elegant movements and stylised singing on stage emphasises the earthshaking, epic struggles faced by the protagonists Du and Liu. The production boasts a star-studded cast, featuring Plum Blossom Award winners Li Shu Qin as Du Li Niang and Liang Yao An as Liu Meng Mei, as well as veteran Cantonese Opera performer Peng Zhi Quan as the Supreme Judge.
The stage design of this production is exquisitely designed and meticulously crafted, transforming the stage into an immersive setting that includes a garden with a beautifully detailed pavilion, complete with flowing streams. Together with a gripping storyline, elegant acting and melodious songs, it is little wonder that Peony My Beauty has been well-received at its performances in different cities in China and Hong Kong.
In the back garden of the residence of Du Bao, the Governor of Nan’an, is situated the exquisite Peony Pavilion. Formerly a Taoist monastery, the pavilion is imbued with magical powers. Governor Du’s beautiful daughter Du Li Niang plants eight types of spring flowers around the pavilion, and her act of devotion touches the eight Flower Gods. In answer to her longing for true love, they reach into the future, bringing Liu Meng Mei, the son of the future Governor, into Li Niang’s dream. The two young people fall deeply in love, but are forcibly torn apart by a misguided Supreme Judge. Pining for her love, Li Niang wastes away in sorrow.
Three years later, Meng Mei comes across the self-portrait of Li Niang when he visits the Peony Pavilion, and realises that the grave beside Tai Hu Lake belongs to the lover from his dream three years ago. Meng Mei is able to reunite with the ghost of Li Niang, but his life force is drained away by his ghostly lover, leaving him gravely ill. When the new Supreme Judge reviews Li Niang’s case, the Flower Gods defend her innocence. Eventually, Li Niang is vindicated and is given the Incense of Resurrection, allowing her to be reunited with Meng Mei in the world of living.
However, Governor Du returns to his residence and mistakes Meng Mei for a thief. In the ensuing confusion, the Incense of Resurrection is broken, separating the lovers once again. Will the lovers be reunited eventually?
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