• Artistic DirectorSun Kim-long

    The Outburst of a Shrew

    • Screenwriter
      Tong Tik-sang
    06. 07. 201819:30
    07. 07. 201819:30
Performance Introduction

At the Song Emperor’s Spring Festival banquet, the talented Lau Yuk Ngo beats all gents in riddle and is rewarded by the Emperor with a jade coin. She gives it to her husband Chan Gwai Sheung. So Kam Cho, an unwilling candidate for the Emperor's harem, infiltrates into the palace as a songtress and seeks help from her cousin So Tung Po. Tung Po and Gwai Sheung often hang out and mess things up, which leads to Yuk Ngo reporting them to the Empress. The Empress punished them by reducing their salary.


Tung Po lines Gwai Sheung and Lanting up first as a revenge, secondly also as to solve the problem of Kam Cho. Yuk Ngo makes Kwai Sheung vow to the rosewood stick for his fidelity while also sends Lau Sheung to spy on him. Tung Po advises Kam Cho to seduce Gwai Sheung and ask for the jade coin as the gift of engagement. Lau Sheung discloses all he spied to Yuk Ngo for a generous reward.


Back home, the infuriated Yuk Ngo beats Gwai Sheung with the bevowed rosewood stick and orders him to kneel and repent by a willowy pond. Tung Po seeks the chance to instigate Gwai Sheung to divorce with Yuk Ngo which he then does. She then goes to the court for justice, Yuk Ngo’s uncle Kwai Yuk Shu tries to punish her for being a shrew. However, he himself is ordered to kneel by his wife.


Gwai Sheung and Yuk Shu then go to seek help from the Emperor. The Emperor orders Yuk Ngo to let Gwai Sheung keep Kam Cho as his concubine but she refuses and chooses to take arsenic instead. In her last word, she urges Gwai Sheung to be loyal to Kam Cho. Her words move Gwai Sheung. Fortunately, the Empress has replaced the poison with vinegar. Finally, the couple is reconciled and reunited.