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West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre

Event Category: Performing Arts

Cantonese Opera Performance : Execution of the Duke’s Second Brother


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Audio Description (Cantonese) 
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Cast of Execution of the Duke’s Second Brother

* By kind permission of WKCDA for the promotional image


Programme Content

By presenting traditional Cantonese Opera, the Bamboo Theatre wishes to high­light the unique essence of Cantonese Opera that Hong Kong has long retained. In consultation with Mr. Li Chi-kei and Mr. Yuen Siu-fai, Mr. Fredric Mao, programme curator of the Bamboo Theatre, has chosen Execution of The Duke’s Second Brother to be the opening Cantonese Opera performance this year.


Originated from 'Eighteen plays of Cantonese Opera' of the Qing Dynasty, Execution of The Duke’s Second Brother is one of the oldest and most famous Cantonese Operas of Guang­dong. With celebrated cast such as Law Ka-ying, Lung Koon-tin, Wong Chiu-kwan and Sun Kim-long, the coming of 'Execution of The Duke’s Second Brother' is truly good news for Cantonese Opera fans!



Kuang Ruilong and his wife, née Zhang, have to flee their home after Kuang is incriminated by vicious libel. But the couple loses each other on the run. Lady Zhang, desperate and lost, intends to take her own life, but is saved by Zhang Zhong. The two become sworn brother and sister. Later, Zhong goes into the army, and when he is on an order to attack the Double Dragon Mountain, he happens to meet Ruilong, who has become a bandit there. Zhong persuades him to surrender and the two become sworn brothers. So it is through Zhong that Ruilong and his wife are reunited. 


In pacifying the uprising, the Crown Prince Sima Yang admires the valiant Ruilong and Zhong, and the three become sworn brothers. When the old emperor abdicates, the Crown Prince ascends the throne. He invests the two sworn brothers with land and titles. 


Li Long introduces his younger sister to the newly enthroned emperor so that she would become a royal concubine and himself, a powerful ‘brother-in-law of the emperor’. Yang indulges in a life of wine, woman and song, and neglects the state affairs. The disapproving Ruilong seeks Lady Li out and gives her a beating for leading the emperor astray, but in the commotion, his fist falls onto the emperor’s head. Yang, in his drunken state, accepts his favourite concubine’s suggestion and orders Ruilong to be executed. On hearing this, Zhong immediately rushes to court to stop the sentence, but it is too late. Lady Zhang hears of her husband’s death and leads an army to besiege the royal castle. Yang begs her for forgiveness and to retrieve her army by handing over the vicious Lady Li for her disposal.



Law Ka-ying, Wong Chiu-kwan, Lung Koon-tin,Sun Kim-long, Chan Ka-ming, Wan Yuk-yu, Lui Hung-kwong, Leung Wai-hong, Cheng Wing-mui

Ensemble leaders

Yau Lung (percussion), Pang Kam-shun


Programme Details

Accessible Performance

Date: 25 Jan 2014 (Sat)

Time: 7pm

Venue: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade

Remarks: with Audio Description (Cantonese), Chinese and English surtitles


Other Performance

Date: 26 Jan 2014 (Sun)

Time: 7pm

Venue: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade

Remarks: with Chinese and English surtitles



Ticket Price: $280 / $200


  1. Senior citizens, full-time students, people with disabilities and their support person, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients are entitled to a 50% discount
  2. Audience members aged 3 and above are welcome


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Programme Enquiry

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Telephone: 2200 0097

Website: Official Website of West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre



West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre is organised by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority