Scriptwriter, Director, Designer & Story:
Mathias Woo


Based on the original novel
by Ray Huang


Zhang Jianwei (Beijing)


Kunqu opera excerpt (Emperor Wanli):
Zhang Hong (Nanjing)


David Yeung, Dick Wong
Carson Chung, Cedric Chan


Guest Performers (Nanjing):
Shi Xiaomei, Zhao Jian
Kong Aiping, Shan Xiaoming


Costume Design:
William Chang


Yu Yat-yiu@PMPS 

History Theatre — 1587, A Year of No Significance
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
17-19/9 (Thu-Sat) 7:45pm
20/9 (Sun) 2:30pm

Presented & Produced by Zuni Icosahedron

Cantonese Grand Theatre version
with newly arranged Kunqu opera excerpt (Emperor Wanli)


The year 1587, the 15th year of Emperor Wanli
Industrial Revolution and Renaissance in the Western world
May seem a year of no significance for the Ming Dynasty
However, the limit for the dynasty had already been reached
It is an adaptation from the novel of the same title by Ray Huang
The script is the closest to the original novel one may find
Six solos from six characters of the Ming Court
Revealing the history of the years under Wanli
Newly arranged Kunqu opera with wusheng excerpts
Interspersed with classic excerpts from The Peony Pavilion
Revealing macro-historical perspective through narrative of small anecdotes
A look at the rise and fall of China of several hundred years
Through a bland year of no significance in Ming Dynasty


Ticket price:
(Fri, Sat & Sun sessions) $480, $280, $190, $140
(Thu session) $432, $252, $171, $126
Full-time students: $100

Tickets NOW available at URBTIX, with various discount schemes.


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  • 31-01-2019

    In 2019, the film version of 1587, A Year of No Significance will tour around local schools. With the live commentary, the screening inspires students to analysis history from different angles and stimulate their learning interest by comparing the history of the Ming Dynasty to Hong Kong nowadays.

  • 26-10-2018

    Art for All! Donate Now!!

    The more you support, the wider the community art will reach. Purchase your ticket to a Zuni performance and buy a suspended ticket at HK$100, the suspended ticket quota will be gifted to a Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipient or a service target of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS).

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  • 29-01-2018

    Zuni presents the Cattle Depot Open House Scheme in collaboration with On & On Theatre Workshop. The Scheme makes the Zuni’s multi-purpose space at Cattle Depot Artist Village available for application for various local art groups and independent arts practitioners for in-house rehearsal. Interested parties are welcome to send in enquiries and applications.

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