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The Palace of Eternal Youth (長生殿) by the Shanghai Kun Opera Company (上海崑劇團) is a major operatic event that presents the work’s entire 50 scenes, in what is being billed as the first time in more than 300 years that this has been achieved. The Palace was written by Hong Sheng (洪昇) during the Qing Dynasty and tells of the love story between the Tang Dynasty Xuanzong emperor (712-756) and his concubine, Lady Yang. The troupe began working on the original script in 2002 and premiered the complete version in Shanghai five year later.

■ National Theater, Taipei City

■ Tonight and Monday at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

The 2010 Traditional Performing Arts Festival (2010傳統表演藝術節) comprises a rich lineup of bangzi opera (梆子), nanguan (南管) and beiguan (北管) music, Taiwanese glove puppetry and Taiwanese and Beijing opera. Highlights include performances by bangzi opera diva Wang Hai-ling (王海玲), beiguan maestro Chiu Huo-jung (邱火榮) and doyen of Taiwanese opera Liao Chiung-chih (廖瓊枝). The festival starts tomorrow and runs through May 1.

■ Events take place at venues in Yilan, Taipei and Kaohsiung

■ For more information, go to

Keep Shooting (一直社) brings its fifth production, Endgame, which was adapted from the one-act play of the same title by Samuel Beckett, to the stage. The play revolves around the protagonist Hamm, who is old and blind, and his servant Clov.

■ Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre

(牯嶺街小劇場), 2, Ln 5, Guling St, Taipei City (台北市牯嶺街5巷2號)

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm.

■ Tickets are NT$450, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Theatre de la Sardine (沙丁龐克劇團) mixes together pantomime and theater for its clown show, which was inspired by everyday-life situations. The show is family-friendly.

■ Wenshan Theater (文山劇場), 32 Jingwen St, Taipei City (台北市景文街32號)

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$200, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

The National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院) tomorrow continues its Saturday Night at the NPM series of performances with Tzu Wan Jan Puppet Theater’s (子宛然掌中劇團) glove puppet show. For the series other performance schedules, visit


■ B1 lobby at National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院), 221 Zhishan Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市至善路二段221號)

■ Tomorrow at 6pm

■ Admission is free

Classical music

The Brothers Kevin — Beneath the Canopy (凱文兄弟玩音樂 — 打擊樂與長笛的當代音樂花園) presents a novel classical pairing: flute and percussion. The program includes Tauno Marttinen’s Alfa, David Gillingham’s Five Fantasies on Natural Origin, Paul San Gregory’s Informal Discourse, Philip Parker’s Beneath the Canopy and Peter Klatzow’s Figures in a Landscape, among other works.

■ Tomorrow at 7:30pm

■ Forum Auditorium (十方樂集音樂劇場演奏廳), 4, Ln 187, Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路187巷4號)

■ Tickets are NT$350, available through ERA ticketing or online at

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert (上海交響樂團音樂會) presents one of the first and most highly regarded of Asia’s symphony orchestras under music director Yu Long (余隆) and featuring soprano Huang Ying (黃英), tenor Mo Hualun (莫華倫) and counter tenor Liao Changyong (廖昌永). The program will range from modern Chinese composers such as Qing Zhu (青主), whose work I Live at One End of the Yangtzi River (我住長江頭) will be presented, to an operatic selection from Gounod and Bizet.

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