Sunbeam Theatre

Peking opera master Mei Baojiu returns to Sunbeam Theatre

Mei Baojiu and his troupe are performing at the Sunbeam Theatre, in North Point, which he helped save from closure. Photo: David Wong

A leading Peking opera master who helped the campaign to save a historic theatre venue in Hong Kong will be stepping onto the stage there again this week.

Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 3:15am

Canton Diva: opera/rap crossover to light up Sunbeam Theatre

Comedy veteran Jim Chim, pictured at North Point's newly renovated Sunbeam Theatre, hopes to attract a younger audience with the experimental Canton Diva. Photo: Nora Tam

A fung shui master and a comedian have teamed up for a wacky Cantonese opera production that promises to bring new and younger audiences to a historic theatre venue in North Point.

Li Kui-ming, also a Cantonese opera playwright, invited stage veteran Jim Chim Sui-man, best known for his comedy shows, to create an unconventional piece for the newly refurbished Sunbeam Theatre.

15 Oct 2012 - 10:58am

Location, location, location - Joyce strikes again with fashion preview at Sunbeam Theatre

The marketing team at local high-fashion retailer Joyce is known for its creative choice of locations for previewing clothing collections.

The team transformed the old neighbourhood of Tai Ping Shan Street in Sheung Wan during the spring-summer season into a stylish destination for fashion fans. For the autumn-winter season, Joyce chose another unexpected location.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dramatic plans for rescued Sunbeam

The playwright who saved the Sunbeam Theatre from closure at the last minute will turn the North Point landmark into a privately run cultural centre promoting the art of Cantonese opera - and much more.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fans vow to keep up call for Island opera venue

Cantonese opera enthusiasts vowed yesterday to keep pushing the government to build a permanent venue for the art form on Hong Kong Island.

The vow came as opera fans celebrated a reprieve for North Point's landmark Sunbeam Theatre after a last-minute, four-year deal between the landlord and a new tenant.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Deal keeps Sunbeam Theatre open

The show will go on at the Sunbeam Theatre, at least for the next four years.

A last-minute deal between the landlord and a new tenant saved the landmark theatre from destruction. And chief executive candidate Leung Chun-ying played a key role in brokering the deal.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Ray of hope for Sunbeam Theatre

Just as the stage doors are ready to close at the historic Sunbeam Theatre, there is a glimmer of hope that the centre for Cantonese opera in North Point will be rescued.

Chief executive candidate Leung Chun-ying is believed to have helped arrange a meeting between landlord Francis Law Sau-fai and a potential new tenant offering HK$1 million rent per month.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Call to save famed opera house

District councillors and fans of Cantonese opera have petitioned the government to stop the famous Sunbeam Theatre in North Point from shutting down on February 19 to make way for a shopping mall.

Developer Yu Tai Hing bought the 80,000-square-foot property in 2003.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Sunbeam Theatre deal confirmed

The Home Affairs Bureau has confirmed that the landlord of the Sunbeam Theatre, a popular venue for Cantonese opera in North Point, has agreed to extend the tenancy for three years. The renewal is expected to allow sufficient time for opera troupes to migrate smoothly to other performance venues such as the Ko Shan Theatre and the West Kowloon Cultural District.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Plan to revamp community hall should Sunbeam Theatre close

A community hall with upgraded facilities, instead of a purpose-built theatre, would be able to cater for lovers of Cantonese opera in North Point if Sunbeam Theatre closes, the Planning Department said yesterday.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Slim hope for Sunbeam Theatre lease extension

The government still hopes the Sunbeam Theatre, Hong Kong's hub for Cantonese opera, will keep running even though the chance that its landlord will extend the lease again appears to be slim.

Speaking at yesterday's Legco home affairs panel meeting, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs So Kam-shing said: 'We are not giving up yet.'

13 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Planners seek more curbs for North Point site

Town Planning Board members yesterday urged further restrictions to the development of harbourfront areas on the former North Point Estate, saying drastic cuts already proposed by the government were not enough to ensure there was no wall effect along the waterfront.

5 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tunes of Suzhou

The Wu Tunes Folk Orchestra of Suzhou (above) from Jiangsu province performs Chinese kunqu music. Today, 7.30pm, Sunbeam Theatre, 423 King's Rd, North Point, HK$160 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321

25 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Cantonese opera to get boost from fund

A fund will be set up to offer financial assistance to small Cantonese opera troupes facing difficulties in staging performances at public theatres that require substantial cash up front.

The Cantonese Opera Development Fund, which welcomes donations from private organisations, interested parties and individuals, will be monitored by the government.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Singing the praises of a landlord with a heart

Landlords are supposed to have hearts of stone; yet one has shown that there is humanity still among Hong Kong's property owners. By sparing North Point's Sunbeam Theatre a doubling of rent, Toyo Mall has let Cantonese opera live on at its only permanent venue in the city.

6 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

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