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New shows of cải lương staged to celebrate April 30

Update: April, 27/2018 - 18:12
Cải lương and drama troupes in HCM City will perform new shows to mark the long Reunification Day-Labour Day weekend. Photo courtesy of Lê Hoàng Stage
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The HCM City Drama Theatre, one of the region’s leading troupes, has a new show, Loạn Chiến Phụng Hoàng Cung (Game of Thrones), to entertain locals during the Reunification Day-Labour Day holidays.

The play, as usual, focuses on historical events.

Talented director Lê Trung Thảo has cast young actors Thái Vinh and Bình Tinh in leading roles. 

The play debuted two weeks ago and was well received by a 500 strong audience at the Lê Hoàng Stage in Bình Thạnh District.

“Our play highlights patriotism and loyalty,” Thảo said.

“It features a very old story but staged in a new style to suit the tastes of young people.”

Lê Hoàng Stage, a newly-opened private troupe in the city, has Meritorious Artist Tú Sương and others like Võ Minh Lâm and Thúy My acting in three plays. 

Song Hùng Kỳ Hiệp (Tales of Heroes) Thất Tiên Nữ  (Love and Hate) and Ngai Vàng Và Tội Ác (Throne and Evil) are based on national heroes’ sacrifices for the country.  

The works promise a new kind of performance with sound and light effects to lure young fans back from cinema.

According to Thảo, free outdoor shows in cultural houses are planned for rural audiences.

“We hope to perform in the rural districts of Cần Giờ, Bình Chánh, Nhà Bè, Củ Chi, and Hóc Môn.”  

District 1’s Trần Hữu Trang Cải Lương Theatre will offer a variety of shows at only VNĐ50,000 (US$2.1) to 100,000 (US$4.5) targeted at students.  

Talented artistes like Lê Tứ and Mỹ Hằng will perform in extracts from popular operas like Huyền Thoại Người Mẹ (The Legend of Mother) and Mộng Hoa Vương  (The Power), both on love and women.  

"We face many challenges in providing a stable income to our performers and staging quality plays," Nguyễn Văn Hồng, the theatre’s deputy director, said.

“However, we always offer free performances during national holidays and festivals to entertain rural people.

The plays will be staged every night this weekend and on April 30 and May 1.— VNS



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