Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A series of plays by artists from five leading troupes in the capital city will be performed at the Hà Nội Opera House in August.
The plays follow the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism directive to bring high quality art performances back to the prestigious venue since last year.
Artists from the Youth Theatre, Hà Nội Drama Theatre, Việt Nam Drama Theatre, Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry and the Drama Troupe of People’s Army will perform popular plays that have won prizes at national and international contests.
The plays are: Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by German director Dominik Gunther (Youth Theatre); Cát Bụi (Sand) directed by Xuân Huyền (Hà Nội Drama Theatre); Kiều (The tale of Kiều) directed by Anh Tú (Việt Nam Drama Theatre); Bão Của Hoàng Hôn (Storm at Sunset) directed by Lê Hùng (Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry) and Dưới Cát Là Nước (Water Under the Sand) directed by Lê Hùng (Drama Troupe of People’s Army).
“These 11 plays do not represent all theatres joining the programme this August,” said People’s Artist Chí Trung, director of the Youth Theatre, “But they are the best we have staged."
“I know that every artist having a chance to perform at the Opera House is well aware of his/her responsibility and will do his/her best.”
He also said that he expects the plays to attract about 500 people each night. While this is not a big number, it will inspire and encourage actors to follow the career, he added.
Đào Văn Hoàng, deputy head of the culture ministry’s Performing Arts Agency, said the programme will be continued for a longer time, offering chances for theatres all over the country.
“Beside the new best-selling plays, we will restage classic ones by Vietnamese and foreign playwrights like Romeo & Juliet (by Shakespear), Rừng Trúc (Forest of Bamboo) by Doãn Hoàng Giang and other famous plays by Lưu Quang Vũ,” he said.
The plays will be performed at 8pm everyday between August 5 and 20. The detailed schedule can be seen at the Opera House website, www.hanoioperahouse.org.vn, and tickets can be bought on site at 1, Tràng Tiền Street.
Last year, as many as 14 plays of various genres, including tuồng (drama theatre), chèo (traditional opera), cải lương (reformed opera) and drama were performed following the culture ministry’s decision to have leading art troupes to perform at the Opera House.
In May this year, it hosted a variety of traditional art shows.
The Opera House is co-ordinating with tourism authorities as well as the ministry to offer tours of the venue, including shows during the day and night. The tours are expected to start next June, said Nguyễn Thị Minh Nguyệt, director of the Opera House. — VNS