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Preview-Doubt-Sweet and Sour Productions21-5-15

John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt was a smash-hit when it hit Broadway back in 2004. It walked away with tons of awards including Drama Desk Awards and Tonys. In 2005, it won Shanley the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was widely praised by critics for exploring tough issues within the Catholic Church. It was then made into a movie with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Last year this production won 2 Hecklers for Best Director and Best Show. Sweet and Sour Productions is bringing back their award-winning show for a second run.

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Preview- Ivor Gurney- A Voice Apart13-5-15

A Voice Apart is all about prolific poet and composer Ivor Gurney. But who is Ivor? Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of him… And why does his story need telling? The team behind this production are passionate to share his story and bring this artist’s work to life at the Fringe Club this month.

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Preview-The Real Inspector Hound-Shadow Players18-4-15

Like me, you might have become fans of the Shadow Players over the past few years. A group of young, post-grad students from various universities across Hong Kong, the Players are a dedicated bunch of students that love theatre and performing. Their first two productions, The Learned Ladies of Midlevels and The Government Inspector sold out at the Fringe Club. They are now bringing their next show Kowloon side with Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound at Ngau Chi Wan Civic Center at the end of month.

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Preview- The Tempest- Shakespeare in the Port13-4-15

We are such stuff as dreams are made on. It sounds romantic and is one of Shakespeare’s most inviting lines. The Bard’s work is able to connect people from all over the world through timeless stories, Shakespeare in the Port is working with up and coming director, Aska Leung to create a physical theatre version of The Tempest that should enchant both Chinese and English speaking audience members. “It may be some Western audience but we can use our body to tell story… We shall overcome…” says Aska.

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Preview- Lear- Shakespeare in the Port12-4-15

Shakespeare in the Port’s tagline for this year has been “The Storm is Coming…” With producing Lear, which has an iconic storm moment on an outdoor stage, are they strategically planning for rain fall or daring the heavens to open up? Shakespeare in the Port is Hong Kong’s answer to its lack of accessible, outdoor theatre. Built of similar concepts of Singapore’s, Tokyo’s and NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park, it builds it self on three mission statements. Accessible, Affordable and Entertaining theatre for all. They even avoid traditional funding schemes by raising their capital upfront on a crowdfunding platform with discount tickets for fans and friends.

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Preview- A Midsummer Night's Dream- Shakespeare in the Port10-4-15

Pull out your picnic blankets and get your sunscreen ready, HKELD readers, Shakespeare in the Port is back. A past Heckler winner for Best New Comer, is taking over the Podium at Cyberport from April 16th to May 3rd. This year they’re producing three main stage shows along with several special events including a community arts festival with 8 bands and performance acts on May 3rd, a 24 Hour Play festival on April 26th and special appearances from guest artists, like the Peel Street Poets and their touring production, Sorry, Shakespeare! Their main shows for this year are Lear, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being produced by Hong Kong University’s Shakespeare appreciation group, known as the HKU Shax Theatre Group.

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Preview- Macbeth- Sweet and Sour Productions26-3-15

Something wicked this way comes…

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Preview- Happy Birthday?- CCDC25-3-15

Would it be a sad day if no one wished you “Happy Birthday”? This is the question CCDC is asking in its new show in April.

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Preview-Small Eyes for a Black Face-Brave Heart Theatre13-3-15

‘Love alters not where it alteration finds…’ An African king seeks a princess for his son. A Chinese sociologist seeks a guide for her studies. Somewhere in the mythical kingdom of Zamunda, lovers’ eyes lock and cultures collide with timeless prejudice in this fast-moving specially commissioned modern day fairy tale, told to African rhythms with Chinese characteristics.

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Preview-Thinner Than Water-Aurora Theatre3-3-15

“Martin is deep in debt, addicted to gambling, pissed as hell, and dying. His three estranged children couldn't care less. As the world around them crumbles, they argue with each other and with everyone around them in a desperate struggle to do the right thing and mend their rapidly deteriorating lives.” That sounds like a hilarious piece of theatre to take the whole family to, right? Local theatre company, Aurora Theatre, hopes you think so.

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