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A Star on the Stage and on the Silver Screen – The Stage Art of Ng Kwan Lai

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall
28 November 2018 – 25 February 2019

Renowned Cantonese opera artist Ng Kwan Lai achieved extraordinary accomplishments in all four basic aspects of Cantonese opera – singing, acting, delivery of lines and martial arts. She joined a number of large troupes including Lai Sing Opera Troupe, Fei Fan Heung Opera Troupe and Chung Sun Sing Opera Troupe, and performed with renowned artists like Mak Bing Wing, Ho Fei Fan, Fung Wong Nui and Lam Kar Sing, they successfully built a repertory of Cantonese opera classics such as Two Immortals at the Pavilion of the Moon, Presenting a Sword at Hundred-Flower Pavilion and The Story of Chu Pin's Loyalty to the Sung Dynasty which won huge popular acclaim. After retirement from the stage, Ms. Ng donated more than 3,500 cultural items to Hong Kong Heritage Museum, including costumes, chests for opera paraphernalia, scripts and photos related to the plays she performed in the past, which are invaluable for promoting and passing on the traditions of Cantonese opera.

Ms. Ng passed away on 26 September 2018. To commemorate this opera great, "A Star on the Stage and on the Silver Screen – The Stage Art of Ng Kwan Lai" displaying the paraphernalia of Ms. Ng including costumes, headgears, scripts and photos is organised at the Museum's Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall to allow the visitors to revisit her spectacular performing career and pay tribute to her.

To tie in with "A Star on the Stage and on the Silver Screen – The Stage Art of Ng Kwan Lai", the screening of eight movies starring Ms. Ng will be held at the Museum's Theatre in December 2018, with a view to providing the visitors with an opportunity to once again savour Ms. Ng's enchanting performance.

 

Film Screening:
   • Patriotic Heroine (1960)
   • The Unroyal Prince (1960)
   • The Marriages of the Two Princesses (1958)
   • The Courtship of the Queen (1961)
   • Lui Bo (1961)
   • The Impartial and Incorruptible Judge Pao (1967)
   • The Ambitious Prince (1965)
   • A Merry Maid (1967)

(* Film retrospective is curated by the Hong Kong Film Archive)

 

Theatre Screenings:

Date Screening starts at Film
6 December (Thursday) 12:15pm Patriotic Heroine
3:45pm The Unroyal Prince
12 December (Wednesday) 12:15pm The Marriages of the Two Princesses
3:45pm The Courtship of the Queen
13 December (Thursday) 12:15pm The Ambitious Prince
3:45pm A Merry Maid
16 December (Sunday) 12:15pm Lui Bo
3pm The Impartial and Incorruptible Judge Pao
19 December (Wednesday) 12:15pm Patriotic Heroine
3:45pm The Unroyal Prince
20 December (Thursday) 12:15pm The Marriages of the Two Princesses
3:45pm The Courtship of the Queen
23 December (Sunday) 12:15pm Lui Bo
3pm The Impartial and Incorruptible Judge Pao
27 December (Thursday) 12:15pm The Ambitious Prince
3:45pm A Merry Maid

 

Exhibit Highlights

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Blue Embroidered Women's Python Ceremonial Robe
1970s

Worn by Ng Kwan Lai when performing The Sounds of Battle.

Donated by Ms. Ng Kwan Lai

 

 

Special Issue of the 3rd Performance of the Lai Sing Opera Troupe
1956

Donated by Ms. Ng Kwan Lai

 

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Ng Kwan Lai and Leung Seng Po
in the opera Dream of the Golden Well in Red Chamber.

1960

Donated by Ms. Ng Kwan Lai

 

 

Special Film Issue of The Unroyal Prince
Premiered on 13 April 1960

Cast: Ng Kwan Lai and Yam Kim Fai

Donated by Ms. Ng Kwan Lai

 

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