The play Làm Vua (Be a King) will hit stages in Hanoi from today, telling a historical epic from the time of King Dinh Tien Hoang (924-979), who reigned Dai Co Viet (the former name of Vietnam) between 968 and 979.
The play is directed by Le Quy Duong, based on the script of Dang Chuong. The artists come from the Le Ngoc Theatre Company.
The play praises the patriotism and pride of the Vietnamese people who bravely gained independence from foreign enemies and declared national liberation and sovereignty, while also espousing the leadership of King Dinh Tien Hoang.
Apart from historical events, the play also features the love triangle between King Dinh Tien Hoang, Queen Duong Van Nga and General Le Hoan.
|The play is directed by award-winning director Le Quy Duong. It stars artists from Le Ngoc Theatre Company.|
In 979, Do Thich, a mandarin, killed both King Dinh Tien Hoang and his crown prince Dinh Lien while they were sleeping. The four-year-old son of King Dinh Tien Hoang took the throne. The Song dynasty from China took advantage of the crisis to invade the country.
In this urgent situation, Gen Hoan, the commander-in-chief of the royal army, dethroned the child emperor and married Queen Duong Van Nga. He defeated the Song invasion and founded the Early Le dynasty and his title was King Le Dai Hanh. He was considered a national hero who saved the country from being dominated by the Chinese Song dynasty.
Through the play, audiences will understand more about the love story between Queen Duong Van Nga and King Le Dai Hanh.
|The play stars People's Artist Le Ngoc in the role of Queen Duong Van Nga.|
The play aims to give audiences an understanding of the love stories between the main characters and how above personal benefits and love stories, they took responsibility to protect the country.
Actor Van Hai will perform as King Dinh Tien Hoang, who lived in a conflict between his love for Queen Duong Van Nga and his responsibility for the country. In the end, he sacrificed his love for the peace and prosperity of the people.
“I thought much about the life of King Dinh Tien Hoang during many sleepless nights. I tried to understand his thoughts and actions. Thanks to the instruction of director Le Quy Duong, I can understand the emotions of the character, a great king,” Hai said.
|The plot reveals historical events under King Dinh Tien Hoang's reign. VNS Photos Minh Giang|
People’s Artist Le Ngoc plays Queen Duong Van Nga who has a strong will, faithfulness and bravery.
“The role is a big challenge for me but it’s also interesting. People will see that the love between three main characters is not mawkish at all, it’s a symbol of sacrifice as they always put the country first,” said Ngoc.
Director Duong said the play will combine modern stage techniques with historical epic features. The background, sound and light effects as well as music by Meritorious Artist Manh Tien will help create attractiveness for the play.
Duong said he hopes to bring the stage art back to its golden peak as this art has been dominated by other types of entertainment in recent years.
The play will be performed on April 27-29 at Dai Nam Theatre and May 2-4 at Hanoi Opera House.
Actors from the Le Ngoc Drama, one of Hanoi’s leading private theatres, will offer new shows at the HCM City Opera House next month.