Lui Si Lan is a veteran actress known for her versatility. Formerly a professional singer in the Guangzhou Song and Dance Troupe, Lui joined the HKRep in 1983. Since then, she has appeared in more than 170 stage productions.
Fluent in both Cantonese and Putonghua, she has played leading roles in The Importance of Being Earnest (HKRep’s first Putonghua production), King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Other People’s Money and Yan Xijiao.
In the past decades, Lui has played a wide range of characters: Empress Dowager Ci Xi (De Ling and Empress Dowager Ci Xi, Cantonese version), Ming Zhen (Forever and Ever), Ethel (Moon Over Buffalo), Gigi (Communicating Doors), Papa Mama – Thy Wind Blows Ever that is a HKRep Black Box production based on her personal life, the mother in The Last Supper and Hu Xueyan, my Dear, the granny in Farewell the Good Old Days, as well as Koo Hsiang-Lan in A Dream Like a Dream. Lui has been nominated as Best Actress (Tragedy/Drama) and as Best Supporting Actress (Comedy/Farce) for Forever and Ever, Moon Over Buffalo and Hu Xueyan, my Dear at the Hong Kong Drama Awards. In 2012, she was awarded Best Actress (Tragedy/Drama) for The Last Supper at both the Hong Kong Drama Awards and the 4th Hong Kong Theatre Libre. In 2016, she was awarded Best Actress (Tragedy/Drama) for Farewell the Good Old Days at the 25th Hong Kong Drama Awards.
Lui’s recent performances included A Dream Like a Dream, La Cage aux Folles, Principle (2018), Hu Xueyan, my Dear (2018), The Big Meal, Ladies, Bon Voyage – a Cabaret, Scrooge – the Musical, Principle, The Homecoming and Field of Dreams 2017 LIVE+.