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Movable feast

The Drowned Man. Photo: The Guardian

It's an extraordinary location for a theatre production, but Punchdrunk's latest offering, The Drowned Man, is no ordinary stage show.

Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 5:54pm

Play about gay officer revives memory of John MacLennan's 1980 suicide

Headlines from the 1980 case of John MacLennan (right), who shot himself as he faced arrest for indecency. A play based on the case opened this month.

Behind the Curtain, which the True Heart Theatre group premiered in London this month, is based loosely on the suspicious death of John MacLennan. The Scot was found dead with five gunshots wounds to his chest on the morning he was to be arrested on charges of indecency.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am

Arts preview: Good Morning Hong Kong

From left: Marge Cheung, Rachel Love, Norman Bowman and Zoe Leone Gappy.

Remember when the dollar in your pocket was worth much more, when food scares were only over excessive calories and "clearing the air" didn't have a literal meaning?

16 May 2013 - 2:17pm

Arts Review: 'The Buying Game' sells itself short

City Contemporary Dance Company's 'The Buying Game'.

City Contemporary Dance Company's full-length production The Buying Game explores that most Hong Kong of occupations - shopping.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:29am

Reviews: La Traviata

Reviews: La Traviata

The San Carlo Theatre of Naples is one of the world's oldest opera houses, and its production of Verdi's La Traviata was traditional in both its virtues and its flaws. Grand in scale and distinguished by some magnificent singing, it was over-long and had little of the realism that has revolutionised opera in recent decades.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Slapstick comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, lives up to its hype

A scene from One Man, Two Guvnors.

It's easy to understand why this 2011 National Theatre production - which premiered in Asia last Friday as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival - is already a big hit in London's West End and New York's Broadway.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Successful 'Orphan' taps into Shakespearean vein of Chinese classic

Dr Cheng (played by Graham Turner) with the ghost of the son (Chris Lew Kum Hoi) he sacrificed to save another child. Photo: Royal Shakespeare Company

Since its opening in October the Royal Shakespeare Company in Britain has had terrific reviews for The Orphan of Zhao, the first Chinese play that it has performed in its 51-year history.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:09pm 7 comments

Kidsfest for the whole family

Matthew Gregory (right), executive producer ABA Productions, and actor James Gitsham rehearse with children in a theatre in Sheung Wan. Photo: Felix Wong

Anyone thinking they can tune out or quietly respond to some e-mails on their smartphone when they take their children to the upcoming KidsFest shows can think again.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:53pm

Young thespians taught to look the part

Nicholas Atkinson, Director

The secret to working with child actors is to treat them as if they are grown-ups. That is why Nicholas Atkinson, the creative development manager of Faust International Youth Theatre, gives his young actors as much respect as he does his peers.

30 Dec 2012 - 2:23pm

Zen and the art of chilling out

Huang perform <I>Beyond Time</I>.

In 2008, members of U-Theatre of Taiwan embarked on "a walk" that lasted 50 days and covered 1,200 kilometres - about three-quarters of the island's total coastline.

22 Oct 2012 - 4:13pm

All your world's a stage

To script, or not to script? That is the question many in the drama world contemplate. Traditional theatre prefers the use of scripts, which offer something of a safety net.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

Dustin Hoffman

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tragedy still rings true today

Ralph Fiennes, best known to anyone in their teens for playing Lord Voldemort, had never directed a movie before. But when he did, he aimed high - turning Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus into an engaging movie.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Can smaller be better?

Not too long ago, the Singapore Arts Festival pulled in record-busting audience numbers with big-budget, high-profile foreign acts. Over the past decade, its roster boasted names such as Chinese composer Tan Dun, British pianist-composer Michael Nyman, Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato and Compania Nacional de Danza, and France-based theatre force Peter Brook.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Modern take on spurned hero

Coriolanus is a Shakespearean tragedy that has been adapted into a political thriller. It tells the story of Coriolanus, a feared Roman general who, after being banished, offers his life and services to his enemy.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am