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Drama troupe offers new shows in Hanoi style



Le Ngoc Drama, one of Hanoi’s leading private theatres, will offer a series of new shows at HCM City’s Opera House next week. 

Drama troupe offers new shows in Hanoi style
Drama plays in Hanoi style will be introduced by actors of the private drama theatre Lệ Ngọc Drama during the theatre’s tour in HCM City next week.— Photo courtesy of the producer

The theatre will stage Thị Nở Chí Phèo (Love Story of Thị Nở and Chí Phèo), Cây Tre Thần (Magic Bamboo) and Hoa Sen Lửa (Fire Lotus). 

While Thị Nở Chí Phèo and Cây Tre Thần are comedies featuring the theme of love, Hoa Sen Lửa is about serious social issues focusing on policemen and their challenges in life and career. 

Hoa Sen Lửa will be competed at the National Theatre Festival 2020 late this year. 

“We’re happy to offer dramatic plays in Hanoi style for audiences in HCM City. Our actors will try their best to introduce the art closer to city people,” said Nguyen Thi Minh Thai, public relations director of the theatre. 

According to Thai, who is a theatre actor and scriptwriter, Vietnamese drama theatre is staged in two styles of the north and the south.

“Lệ Ngọc Drama will stage quality shows with true Hanoi drama which is not new but still fresh with southern audiences,” she said. 

Lệ Ngọc Drama began in 2013 working under the Vietnam National Drama Theatre. The theatre reopened and became the first private theatre in Hanoi in 2016.

Its managing board includes People’s Artist Le Ngoc, one of the theatre’s founders, and People’s Artist Le Hung, who work as lecturers for leading art schools and state-owned theatres. 

The theatre has offered nearly 190 shows, mostly works featuring the culture and lifestyle of people in Hanoi. 

Its actors have travelled around Hanoi and northern provinces to offer drama shows for thousands of people, mostly for university students and workers.

The theatre has attended international theatre festivals in Japan, China, South Korea, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Its actors won prizes at the ASEAN-China Theatre Festival in 2016 and 2018. 

Last year, its play called Cây Tre Trăm Đốt (The Bamboo with 100 Internodec3s), a production based on a Vietnamese folk tale, was a hit. The work highlighted Vietnamese lifestyle and moral values. 

The theatre’s new shows will be staged at 8pm every night from June 25 to July 5 at the HCM City Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1.

Tickets are available at the box office and website —VNS 



Vietnam wins 3 gold medals at Aerobic Gymnastics Asian Championship



Vietnamese gymnasts grabbed three gold medals, three silvers, and a bronze at the eighth Aerobic Gymnastics Asian Championship held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from September 13 to 17.

The three gold medals included one Tran Ha Vi earned in the women’s singles event.

The remaining two gold medals were secured in the doubles event by Le Hoang Phong and Tran Ngoc Thuy Vi and in the group category by Le Hoang Phong, Tran Ngoc Thuy Vi, Nguyen Che Thanh, Vuong Hoai An, and Nguyen Viet Anh.

The accomplishment placed the Vietnamese aerobics team at the top of the medal standings for the adult age group as the tournament concluded on Sunday.

Fourteen Asian countries and territories joined the competition.

Mongolia, Cambodia, and Taiwan followed closely behind Vietnam, with each of them securing one gold medal.

Simultaneously, the Vietnamese youth aerobics team also achieved three silver medals and two bronzes in the 15-17-year-old categories at the tournament.

The silver medals went to Nguyen Tat Viet in boys’ singles, Phan Thi Uyen Nhi in girls’ singles, and Phan Thi Uyen Nhi, Nguyen Hoang Gia Han, and Nguyen Duong Quynh in the trio event. 

The bronze medals were awarded to Nguyen Tat Viet and Nguyen Phuong Anh in doubles and Nguyen Thi Phuong, Nguyen Thi Phuong, and Nguyen Ngoc Bao Han in the group category.

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Man United lose again, Guardiola back to see City comeback win



MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United slumped to a third Premier League loss of the season at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday as Pep Guardiola returned to see Manchester City side’s 3-1 comeback win at West Ham United.

Fightbacks were the order of the day as Liverpool recovered from falling behind to win 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the early kickoff and two goals deep into stoppage time earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

After another tumultuous week off the pitch for Manchester United, the club needed the players to lift their supporters.

Brighton ran out comfortable 3-1 winners, however, to ensure United suffered three defeats in the first five matches of a league campaign for the first time since 1989-90, leaving them languishing 13th in the table.

United fell behind in the 20th minute when Danny Welbeck slotted home against his former club when left unmarked in the penalty area.

Big-money signing Rasmus Hojlund, on his full debut, thought he had levelled before the break, but the ball was adjudged to be out of play when Marcus Rashford pulled the ball back to the Danish striker.

Brighton capitalised on that VAR reprieve as fine goals from Pascal Gross early in the second half and a Joao Pedro strike brought groans of dismay all around Old Trafford.

Substitute Hannibal Mejbri did get one back for the hosts with 18 minutes left but Brighton held on comfortably to move up to third on 12 points.

“Definitely that (losing three from five for the first time in Premier League history) is something that bothers me, but also I have to seen the way we play,” coach Erik ten Hag said.

“It is about character, we have to see how strong we are, stick together. We have to be very disappointed and annoyed at ourselves. We will turn this. There is a demand on us.”

Never-say-die City

Having recovered from back surgery, Guardiola would have been pleased with the fighting spirit of his team at London Stadium.

New signing Jeremy Doku, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland scored second-half goals to cancel out James Ward-Prowse’s strike and maintain City’s perfect record this season. They top the standings, two points ahead of Liverpool and three clear of Brighton.

City have now started a league campaign with five consecutive victories for the fifth time in their history, although their highest finish in any of those campaigns was third.

“I’d prefer to be here than to do a surgery that’s for sure,” Guardiola told the BBC.

“All game we played a fantastic game. Even when we were losing against at half-time. We were efficient, we were patient in the second-half. It was a big win after the international break. The team showed good spirit to survive.”

Wolves dominated the first half at Molineux against an unusually sluggish Liverpool, Hwang Hee-chan stroking in a seventh-minute goal and Wolves missing other chances.

Liverpool came out transformed in the second half, however, drawing level when Mohamed Salah set up fellow striker Cody Gakpo for a tap-in.

Wearing the captain’s armband on his 200th Premier League appearance, Andy Robertson slid in Liverpool’s second from another Salah pass in the 85th minute and they added a third in stoppage time.

There were further scenes of jubilation at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham were heading for their first Premier League defeat under Ange Postecoglou as they trailed to Gustavo Hamer’s goal against the run of play in the 75th minute.

But substitute Richarlison ended his goal drought with the equaliser in the eighth of 12 minutes added on and set up Dejan Kulusevski for the winner as Tottenham made it four wins in a row and 13 points from 15 — their best start to a top-flight season since 1965-66.

Late goals also helped Aston Villa storm back to beat Crystal Palace 3-1, Fulham secured a 1-0 victory over Luton Town, and Newcastle United move up to 11th with a 1-0 home win over Brentford, their first win in four league games.


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S.Korean football club bids farewell to Vietnamese striker Nguyen Van Toan



Seoul E-Land Football Club, currently playing in K-League 2, or the men’s second-highest division of the South Korean football league system, made an announcement bidding farewell to Vietnamese forward Nguyen Van Toan on Friday evening, prematurely ending his contract.

In a message in Korean on their verified Facebook page, Seoul E-Land stated that Toan ended his services at the football club and will be transferring to a different team in Vietnam.

“I felt extremely anxious when I first ventured overseas. I want to express my gratitude to the team, my fellow players, and all the individuals who treated me like family. It’s disheartening to bid farewell. But I must make a decision as a player,” the club cited the 1996-born striker.

Toan left Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) FC, where he had built his professional career after his training years, to move to Seoul E-Land in January on a two-year contract.

At Seoul E-Land Club, Toan played a total of 388 minutes across nine appearances, four of which were starts, with no goals or assists recorded.

His last appearance for the South Korean team was on June 4. 

Following that, he sustained an injury and was sidelined for an extended period until his return to the Vietnamese national team for preparations leading up to the friendly match against Palestine in Vietnam on September 11 and contributed to the 2-0 win that day.

According to the announcement from Seoul E-Land Club, the 1996-born striker is currently in active negotiations with Nam Dinh Football Club in preparation for the 2023-24 V. League 1 season. 

Multiple sources suggest a strong likelihood that Toan will rejoin Nam Dinh in the top-tier V. League 1 on a lucrative three-year contract.

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