Review-The Nutcracker-The Hong Kong Ballet

No Christmas would be complete without The Nutcracker, even for a temporary Bah Humbug like me this year. The story was an adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, and it was a very interesting adaptation indeed. Think Inception-esque Nutcracker – a dream within a fantastical children’s tale – to me, pure genius. Congratulations Terence Kohler!

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Review-The Bluebird of Happiness-MQ Studio

Preparing you for a perfect Christmas mood, The Bluebird of Happiness is a great play for a family night out. Adapted from a fairy play written by Maurice Maeterlinck, the Belgian playwright and the 1911 Nobel Prize Laureate, the show begins on Christmas Eve. The siblings, Mytyl and Tytyl, are unhappy about their Christmas present and set out on a journey to find the bluebird of happiness. Their fantastical journey turns out to be a discovery of memory, courage, nature and familial bonding. The Hong Kong production is based on the 2013 show by the Christian theater group Trumpets, with original music created by Rony Fortich.

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