The Hilton's ghostly end
by Andrew Lynch
IF you were closing a chapter of theatrical history, bringing down the curtain with a Noel Coward play would be the most fitting way to bow out. Nothing could be more typically British.
Thus Blithe Spirit is the Hilton Playhouse's swansong before the wrecker's ball or whatever the hotel's landlord has in mind for it: Coward's comedy about an author, Charles Condomine, whose late wife returns to trouble him through the help of a medium, Madame Arcati. Derek Nimmo's production, which began last night and continues until March 18, stars Peggy Mount, David Yelland, and Celia Bannerman. Tickets are available from the Hilton box office on 2523 3111, extension 2009.
At the Fringe's Nestle Dairy Farm Theatre tonight Pam Butler begins three nights of Been There, Done That, Movin' On, a celebration of musical theatre devised by Butler and Lindsey McAlister. Reservations on 2537 1482.
COUPLED Plays comprises two works in Cantonese by the Exploration Theatre's Friends at the Nestle Dairy Farm Theatre from March 16-18. In 1211 a young man treads the fine line between dreams and reality, and Vengeance or Favour, which asks whether an innocent man on death row is prepared to die to revenge his father or to return a favour to the real offender. Tickets from the Fringe.
THE company Two Doots and a Grunt venture into the realm of the absurd in The Circumcised Mastodon, the coupling of Ionesco's The Lesson, about an old professor with a fondness for his pubescent pupils and The 15-Minute Hamlet, Tom Stoppard's bite-sized version of the Bard's tragedy. Steven Lloyd directs at the Nestle Dairy Farm Theatre from March 20-22. Tickets from the Fringe.
Michelle Yim and Lee Chi-hung star in Ray Cooney's comedy It Runs in the Family which runs - in Cantonese - at the Lyric Theatre at the APA from March 16-31 with matinees on the 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. Tickets through Urbtix.
JOHANN Strauss's comic operetta Die Fledermaus is presented by the Academy for Performing Arts on March 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 at the Drama Theatre, directed by Head of Opera and Vocal Studies, Kevin Miller, and conducted by Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor, Takuo Yuasa. Tickets for this French-style farce with a Viennese lilt are available through Urbtix.
INSPIRED by New York's popular dance event, Dancing in the Street, The Dancing City (formerly Contemporary Dance Company II) are staging a series of performances at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from March 17-24 between 10 am and 6.30 pm. Some 50 Chinese University student dancers have been recruited, along with others from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and HKUST, and will be choreographed by Dancing City. Details on 2328-9205 and 2326-8597.