Hong Kong has some excellent productions ranging from locally-based dramatic groups to international touring companies. Western and Chinese dance productions are particularly good, especially as you don’t have to worry about the production being in Cantonese! Plays tend to be subsidised by the government, making tickets extremely good value with tickets for smaller productions costing HK$50-120 and larger ones costing HK$250-800.
Tickets can be purchased from the theatres themselves or from the telephone booking agency Ticketek HK (telephone, 3128 8288) or URBTIX (telephone, 2734 9009) and there is a HK$5 booking fee if you contact them. Keep an eye out for the free concerts and music festivals that take place throughout the year, such as the Academy of Performing Arts students who put on regular free concerts, and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre has a ‘musical happy hour’ on Thursdays from 6pm-7pm where tickets can be bought cheaply.
Hong Kong Theatres Travel Guide
1. Kwai Tsing Theatre
12, Hing Ning Road, Kwai Chung Telephone – 2408 0128
You can watch anything from international dance companies to local dramatic productions at the city’s newest theatre. Box office is open daily 10am-9.30pm.
2. Shatin Town Hall
1, Yuen Wo Road, New Town Plaza, Shatin, New Territories Telephone – 2694 2511
Experience the intensity and energy of world-famous dance troupes that play to packed audiences at this venue.
3. Fringe Club
2, Lower Albert Road, Central Telephone – 2521 7251
Cabaret performances, alternative theatre productions , exhibitions, poetry and jazz can all be watched and heard here – pick up a copy of the programme from the lobby and decide what takes your fancy. The box office is open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm.
4. Academy for Performing Arts
1, Gloucester Road, Wan Chai Telephone – 2584 8514
A well-equipped theatre with no less than six stages hosting events from the world of local and international drama, fringe performances and dance. Box office opening hours are daily, 10am-6pm.
5. Hong Kong Coliseum
9, Cheong Wan Road, Hung Hom Telephone – 2355 7234
An enormous venue that can seat up to 12,000 people and attracts world-famous singers, actors and groups to its stage. The box office is open 10am-6.30pm daily.