The Monk of the River

A Chinese-Western Epic Of Justice

3 Aug to 7 Sep

Full Price: £15 | Affordable: £5 | Online: £1 plus optional donation
Produced and presented by Anna Vienna Ho

Music: Anna Vienna Ho
Words: Roxanne Korda

On Stage - Live Performance: 7:30pm - 8:30pm, 3 August, £15/£5

Live Online - Interactive Broadcast: 8:45pm - 10:15pm, 5 August, £1

On Demand - Interactive Broadcast Recording: 5 August - 2 September, £1

Tang Sanzang (Xuanzang) seeks justice and revenge before his journey to the west.

A new opera adapted from 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, telling the whole story.

Scored for an ensemble of Chinese and Western musical instruments, this opera blends both musical traditions. Sung in English.

The interactive broadcast includes the prologue to the opera, Buddha and the Monkey King, which appeared at the 2020 Festival, and a Q&A with the cast and creative team.

Age range: All ages, but mostly adults
Content advisory: suicide (represented, but not graphically)

We ask our audiences to stay home if there is any risk of infection, and to stick to one metre social distancing at all times. 

We continue to:

  • Reduce the number of people using spaces in the building
  • Maintain COVID safe cleaning regimes   
  • Make available bottles of hand sanitiser and wipes throughout the building
  • Open all the doors and windows to aid air-flow and fill the place with potted plants that cheer us all up (and calm us all down).

For this show we are keeping managed social distancing in place. 

We also request that everyone wear a mask when moving around the building, wash their hands often and practice self-distancing. Our companies and audiences will include Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. We want everyone to feel and be safe.

  • You will be asked to queue outside in your bubbles, so wear weather-relevant clothes and let us know if you or anyone you know has a mobility or standing difficulty by emailing the Box Office.   
  • We will check you in on arrival. You may be asked for ID so please have some handy. 
  • We will show you straight into the auditorium - unless you need to use the facilities - where you will be seated in your bubbles
  • There will be one way systems in place.  Our gorgeous stewards will guide you and show you how to leave should you need to.
  •  In the auditorium, another gorgeous steward will check our seating plan and show you to your seat(s). Like in a restaurant. 


We will be running a normal bar service with extra tables for your drinking comfort.


For more information on how things work, have a look at our dedicated Covid:19 page.