Venue details

The Cockpit , Gateforth St, London NW8 8EH, UK

Full Production Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

The Monkey King
The Buddha/Ruanist
Yin Wenqiao
Chen Guangrui
The Dragon King/Yin Kaishan
Madame Zhang
Monk Faming
Madame Hu
Fisherman/Zhao Yue


About the work

“Buddha and the Monkey King” from Journey to the West (World Premiere) An adaptation of ‘Journey to the West’ by Wu Cheng’en, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Rooted in Chinese folk religion, mythology, and Confucianist, Taoist and Buddhist philosophies, this opera opens a new window on the novel. This short opera, which is considered a “prologue” of the whole work, shows one of its most iconic moments as Buddha talks to the mighty Monkey King. This English-language opera blends Chinese and Western musical traditions. The second part of the work, “The Monk of the River” will be performed in the next Tête à Tête Opera Festival. The performance will include an introduction to Chinese instruments, especially the Ruan. The initial interactive interactive broadcast included a more in-depth look at the instruments used, and a Q&A with the composer and performers. All ages (mostly adults)