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Fri Sep 28 2012, 8:00pm

Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $82.00 ($80.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Standard: $62.00 ($60.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Standard: $42.00 ($40.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Standard: $32.00 ($30.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Additional fees may apply

After her mother’s death, the sickly Lin Daiyu grows up in the care of her grandmother. Living in the Jia clan’s residence, Lin Daiyu and her like-minded cousin Jia Baoyu become close confidantes, bonded by a common love for music and poetry.

One day, Baoyu is punished severely by his father for associating with opera performers. Daiyu tries to visit him, but is accidentally turned away at the door. Deeply saddened, she recites poems amidst the falling snow. Baoyu, upon hearing her, confesses his feelings for her and their relationship blossoms.

Their secret love for each other does not escape the eyes of Baoyu’s mother. But for the benefit of the Jia clan, she deceives Baoyu and arranges a marriage between him and another cousin who comes from a wealthy family. Baoyu, believing that he will be marrying Daiyu, realises the truth on his wedding night and storms out of the room in search of Daiyu. Will the two lovers be reunited?

A Dream of Red Mansions is a beloved Chinese literary treasure that has been told on the Yue Opera stage and the big screen, with heart-wrenching portrayals by the two leads Xu Yulan and Wang Wenjuan. This production by the Hangzhou Yue Opera troupe features the emotionally nuanced acting of Zheng Guofeng and the naturally charming Chen Xiaohong, who are top disciples of Xu and Wang and popularly regarded as the natural successors to their iconic roles.

Enjoy outstanding performances and the intricate story in this treasure of Chinese literature, all set on an elegant stage with the accompaniment of familiar melodies.