Mr. Shi and His Lover


The Theatre Centre Mainspace
1115 Queen Street West
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Friday August 5th 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday August 6th 9:15 PM - 10:45 PM
Sunday August 7th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday August 8th 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday August 11th 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Friday August 12th 10:15 PM - 11:45 PM
Saturday August 13th 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM


Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles.

Latecomer Policy

Latecomers permitted up until 18 minutes after the start of the performance.


Inspired by the real-life story of a Chinese opera performer and his French Diplomat lover who believed him to be a woman – this intimate musical theatre performance illuminates their enigmatic affair and the ensuing espionage scandal that rocked the political world. Stylistically varied and emotionally rich, the score takes its inspirations from opera, musicals, and vintage pop from both East and West.

SummerWorks’ first-ever Chinese language production is a collaboration between Macao playwright Wong Teng Chi, director Johnny Tam and Toronto composer Njo Kong Kie (Infinity, Volcano/Tarragon; knotty together and La Señorita Mundo, SummerWorks; Picnic in the Cemetery, Edinburgh Fringe). Featuring an international cast and performed entirely in Mandarin with English surtitles, this evocative production will stir your heart with its humanity and deep propensity for understanding. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to catch this contemporary work from Macao, praised by the Taiwanese press as “gentle and elegant, yet possesses a determination that dares to dream”. Come revel in the beauty, passion and rich storytelling of modern Chinese Theatre.


Macau Experimental Theatre / Music Picnic

Text by Wong Teng Chi; Music and Musical direction by Njo Kong Kie; Directed by Johnny Tam; Performed by Jordan Cheng, Derek Kwan, Carol Wang and Njo Kong Kie; Surtitle translation by Derek Kwan; Surtitle Operated by Bobo Leong; Stage managed by Luby Lam; Produced by Music Picnic, Macau Experimental Theatre and Point View Art Association.

Curator's Note

"This startlingly beautiful piece, performed entirely in Mandarin, is a rare opportunity to access a company from Macau in a very ambitious collaboration with Njo Kong Kie." - Michael Rubenfeld