The Butterfly Lovers or often called “China’s Romeo and Juliet”   Leave a comment


I am putting this post for the talented Teochew Puppets and Opera House Founder and Director, Ms Ling Goh for her coming event – “The Butterfly Lovers: Maiden Meeting” – a tragic love story like “Romeo and Juliet”. Life is not always a bed of roses. Excellent event must be publicly publicized widely. For the locals, please attend and support the show.

SP Lim

“Dear opera enthusiasts,

As part of our monthly Teochew Cultural Night in 2016, Teochew Puppet and Opera House has invited renowned Shantou opera performer Liu Xiaoli to guest star in “Butterfly Lovers: Maiden Meeting”, with TP&OH director Ling Goh. Liu Xiaoli stars as Zhu Yingtai, with Ling Goh as Liang Shanbo.

Zhu Yingtai, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to study the classics, and her study partner Liang Shanbo, form a close friendship. At the day of their parting, Yingtai suggests betrothing her sister – secretly herself! – to Shanbo. “Maiden Meeting” depicts Shanbo meeting Yingtai in female garb for the first time.

Often called “China’s Romeo and Juliet”, or the Butterfly Lovers, the doomed love between Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai is one of the most famous romances in Chinese literature.

Please note that this performance will be held on 24 April at PenangPAC instead of our usual venue.

Liu Xiaoli is a premier performer of Teochew opera in China, and we are very fortunate to be able to invite her to perform in Penang. To bring her closer to her fans and opera enthusiasts, TP&OH will be hosting a meet-and-greet for ticket holders at our museum on 23 April (Saturday), the day before the show itself.

Furthermore, for three days after the show, Mdm Liu will be teaching a workshop on the performance of the dan (lady) role she is famous for. Participation is RM 300 per person (RM 200 for students), and ticket holders may obtain a rebate based on the value of their Sunday show ticket. Limited seats, first come first served!


23 April 2016 (Saturday)
EVENT: Liu Xiaoli Meet-&-Greet
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
VENUE: Teochew Puppet & Opera House
ADMISSION: free with Sunday ticket, limited to 60 ticket holders

24 April 2016 (Sunday)
EVENT: “Butterfly Lovers: Maiden Meeting” show
TIME: 7:00 – 7:40 PM
VENUE: Stage 2, Penang Performing Arts Center (PenangPAC)
ADMISSION: RM 50, RM 25 (student concession)

25-27 APRIL 2016 (Mon-Wed)
EVENT: Opera Workshop
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 PM
VENUE: Teochew Puppet & Opera House
FEE: RM 300, RM 200 (student concession)

For further information please contact us at 04-2620377/012-4853377 or e-mail us!

For booking please contact PenangPAC at 04-899 1722 / 2722 or obtain the tickets directly from TicketPro.”

Inserted from their Facebook site.


the Butterfly Lovers
Please note this photograph was downloaded from the Teochew Puppet and Opera House Facebook site. This is Ling Goh’s photograph and not taken by the blogger.

Butterfly Lovers 1
This show shall be in Kuala Lumpur.

Note: I shall be photo-shooting at the rehearsal on this coming Saturday, April 23, 2016.


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