A classic Peking Opera comedy starring the top comedic actor in Peking Opera and two-time Plum Blossom Award-winner Zhu Shihui. Zhu portrays his signature male clown role of Xu Jiujing in a presentation that is bound to entertain from start to finish.
Scholar Xu Jiujing tops the official examinations but is not conferred the Top Scholar title as the Marquis dislikes his looks. Years later, the Royal Duke promotes Xu and orders him to preside as a judge over a difficult case, where the Duke and the Marquis are on opposite sides. As Xu uncovers the truth, he is caught in a moral dilemma. Does he repay the Duke’s kindness even as he suspects the Duke to be in the wrong? Or does he remain objective and risk his career by ruling in favour of the Marquis?
See how Xu turns situations around with wit and cunning in this courtroom comedy that entertains with one humorous episode after another, and has been staged over 700 times in the past three decades!
Zhu Shihui will be joined by his protégé and national first grade performer Tan Yuan, who shares the lead role with Zhu, as well as many fellow award-winning performers.
Hubei Provincial Peking Opera Theatre
Founded in 1970, the Hubei Provincial Peking Opera Theatre has developed rapidly and become one of the leading Peking Opera troupes, having been conferred the National Key Peking Opera Troupe honour by China’s Ministry of Culture in 2005, and honoured as a protector of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Peking Opera) by China’s State Council in 2008. The troupe boasts many award-winning performers, including four Plum Blossom Award winners: Zhu Shihui, Pei Yongjie, Wang Xiaochan and Wan Xiaohui. The troupe has also won numerous awards such as the highly coveted National Wenhua Award, and has toured overseas to the US, Russia, Canada, Australia, Italy, Japan and more.
About Peking Opera
Peking Opera is one of the key traditional opera genres in China. It encompasses poetry, dancing, music, martial arts, acrobatics and artistic production (such as make-up, face painting, costumes and props). Underlying all these as an artistic foundation are the four basic operatic skills—singing, acting, recitation and acrobatics—that are highly refined and yet also complex. Peking Opera scripts are usually based on themes of filial piety, graciousness, righteousness and faithfulness.