Shanghai Huai Opera Troupe is a state-ownedtheatrical troupe, subsidiary to Shanghai Opera Art Centre. It is committed tocreate, perform, impart and inherit Huai opera. State leaders like Mao Zedong,Liu Shaoqi, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Wu Bangguo havewatched the Troupe’s performances respectively.
Over the years, the Troupe has created,adapted and staged more than 300 operas. The more influential ones includeMeeting on Blue Bridge, Trial by the Female Judge, Three Girls Snatching theLife-and-Death Tablet, Immersion of Si Zhou, Visiting the Run-down CaveDwelling, Officials Forbidding Common People’s Lanterns, The Legend of theWhite Snake, The Dumb Girl Lodges a Complaint, Wu Han’s Three Murder Attempts,Morning at the Harbour, Mother and Son, Eight Girls Jump into the River, GoldenDragon and Mayfly, Maling Dao, Hegemon King of West Chu, The Thoroughfare IsWide Open, The Once-in-a-Thousand-Year Han Fei, The Eldest Son, The MassiveTorrent, A Thin Slice of Spring, Master Wu Xun, The people of Pudong etc. Mostof these operas have won municipal or national awards. The most outstandingones include Golden Dragon and Mayfly, which won 43 awards and nation-wideacclaim. Hegemon King of West Chu won more than ten prizes at the SixthNational Theatre Festival. Over the sixty years since the Troupe’sestablishment, it has witnessed the immergence of generations of outstandingartists, with Xiao Wenyan and He Jiaotian representing the older generation andLiang Weiping representing the younger generation. A large number of actors andactresses won prestigious municipal and national awards such as Wenhua Award,Plum Blossom Award and Magnolia Award.
The Troupe boasts of over 60 actors andactresses with senior titles. A large number of the Troupe’s programs have beenadapted by theatrical troupes throughout the country. Many were video-taped andpublished.
The Troupe has been awarded the title ofExcellent Performing Troupe by the Municipal Government of Shanghai. It hasgrown to be a very influential theatrical troupe in the country.