THE Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) will be opening the Grand Theatre's backstage to the public for one week from next Monday.
Those who join the HKCC-organised tour will have the extra bonus of visiting both the back and side stages of the theatre which are normally closed to the public.
The guided tour will take visitors around the performing venues and brief them on the special features of the Concert Hall, the Grand Theatre and Studio Theatre.
Visitors will get to see the oval-shaped Concert Hall with its acoustic canopy and panelling of fine oak, that ensures high quality and natural amplification, as well as one of the world's largest mechanical pipe organs, installed in the hall.
The tour will also provide visitors an opportunity to view some of the most advanced stage facilities in the Grand Theatre, such as the revolving stage wagon, the electrically-operated orchestra pit for 110 musicians, and the infra-red system for simultaneous interpretation.
Visitors will also be given an on-the-site experience of one the best equipped and most hi-tech backstages in Asia during the tour of the backstage, dressing rooms and workshops.
This tour, which will be conducted twice daily (12.30 pm and 4 pm) with commentaries in English and Chinese, will also cover the Studio Theatre which is the most versatile performing venue of the HKCC with its highly flexible stage formats.
Tickets are on sale at the enquiry centre in the HKCC main foyer. Booking and enquiries can be made on 734-2843.