Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay launches Xiqu – Chinese Opera Series to provide more opportunities for audiences, young and old, to appreciate different forms of xiqu (Chinese Opera) throughout the year. Xiqu, which literally means musical theatre in Chinese, is one of the oldest art forms in the world and tells timeless stories that are deeply rooted in Chinese culture and traditions.
The first programme to be presented under this new series is Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall, comprising four signature Kun Opera works performed by Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe (China) at the Esplanade Theatre from 26 – 29 Mar 2020. Written by Ming Dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu—often referred to as William Shakespeare of the East—the four masterpieces are, A Pair of Purple Hairpins, A Dream under the Southern Bough, The Tale of Handan and The Peony Pavilion and they will be performed over four consecutive evenings.
Those who enjoy theatre and xiqu can look forward to experience these famous classics that have provided inspiration for and been adapted and reprised in many different art forms and genres. It is a rare, not-to-be-missed opportunity for theatre goers in Singapore to see the work in its complete collection.
Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
When: 26 - 29 Mar 2020,