The Nutcracker

20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 at 2.30 and 6.30pm 23, 27 at 7.30pm 29 December at 2.30pm Preview on Dec 19 at 7.30
By Piotr Tchaikovsky

Experience the magic of the holiday season as the lights dim, the music soars and snowflakes swirl! Join us for the Terence Kohler's beloved The Nutcracker, an all-time favourite among audiences of all ages. 


The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Mar 7-8 at 7.30pm Mar 9 at 2.30 pm

A dynamic new Hamlet produced by renowned director Li Liuyi for the Royal Shakespeare Company.



Liu Sanjie

on 1 – 2 December 2018 at 7:45pm; 2 December 2018 at 3:00pm

As the vine survives above the Elm, so will love at the stroke of faith.


Whipped Cream

March 22-25, 7.30pm; March 25, 2.30pm

Commissioned by composer Richard Strauss when he was co-director of the Wiener Staatsoper between 1919 and 1924, Whipped Cream features one of only two scores he wrote for ballet. His aim was to provide distraction from the misery and hard times of post-World War I Vienna with a joyful, fantastical story that comprised enough waltzes, polkas, gallops and beautiful violin adagios to banish any darkness and lift everyone’s spirits. 

The story itself is pure confection. Following his first communion a young boy joins his friends at a pastry shop to indulge his passion for all things sweet, especially whipped cream. His excessive consumption leads him to fall asleep, only to wake in a strange, hospital ward. He escapes to an imagined fantasy land whose inhabitants include the Princes Cocoa and Coffee, Princesses Tea-Flower and Praline, and where sweets and treats come to life in dance.

Almost a century later this historic ballet gem has been re-imagined by ABT choreographer Alexei Ratmansky on the same lavish scale as the original. The fabulous sets are complemented by more than 150 costumes, designed by pop-surrealist art star Mark Ryden, sparkling with 75,000 Swarovski crystals. 


Pelléas et Mélisande

March 15 & 17, 7.30pm
By Debussy

Entranced by the sudden appearance and mysterious beauty of Mélisande, Prince Golaud falls in love and marries her, but only for Mélisande to become even closer to his half-brother Pelléas. Convinced that he has been betrayed, Golaud is consumed by jealousy, and a tragic spiral of events unfolds with grave consequences for all. 

Sensual and elusive, beautiful and troubling, this tragic opera is filled with symbolism and enigmatic detail, with Claude Debussy’s score based on a text by the Belgian Nobel Literature Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck. Far removed from Wagnerian weightiness and the recitative-aria Italian style, Debussy’s only complete opera epitomises his captivating musical style filled with lingering melodies and a mystical sonority. 

Welsh National Opera is no stranger to Debussy's only opera; a 1992 production directed by Peter Stein and conducted by Pierre Boulez is still considered authoritative. David Pountney, acclaimed WNO Artistic Director, has taken on the challenge of staging this opera by transposing Maeterlinck’s forest setting to an imposing giant metal lattice and offering “an enigmatic, pulse-racing production full of characteristic verve and edginess” (Wales Theatre Awards 2016 “Best Opera Production”).

This production marks the 2018 centenary of Claude Debussy’s death.


Bosch Dreams

March 9 & 10, 7.30pm; March 11, 2.30pm

Extraordinary and minutely detailed, the paintings of Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) give us vivid portraits of contemporary life and beliefs in medieval Europe.

Many centuries later Bosch’s unique creativity and imagination were huge influences on the work of Salvador Dalí and the entire Surrealist movement. An exhibition of his work in 2016 in the Netherlands attracted almost half a million visitors in three months and was described by The Guardian as “one of the most important exhibitions of our century”.

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death, the Netherlands’ Bosch 500 Foundation asked Canada’s trail-blazing Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers) circus company to devise a show based on this remarkable painter’s vision. The fabulous result is Bosch Dreams, a sensational new circus production inspired by images from his best-known works, including The Seven Deadly Sins and The Garden of Earthly Delights among many others.

Bosch Dreams explores the artist’s life and work and points to the many modern artists inspired by this genius, not just surrealists, but generations of thinkers, and musicians such as Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Pictures come to life in front of your eyes – images of Heaven, Earth and Hell. Incredible creatures, fearsome monsters, wondrously masked and flying acrobats inhabit a sublimely saturated universe, a three dimensional canvas of video projections created by celebrated French artist Ange Potier.


5 & 6 March, 7.30pm
By Israel Galvan

Seville-based Israel Galván is the world’s leading bailaor, winner of the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award in 2015 and the highest cultural honours that his native Spain has to offer. is his latest flamenco offering.


Pas de deux for Toes and Fingers

Feb 27 & 28, 7.30pm

Widely regarded as the finest violinist and ballerina of their generation, husband and wife Vadim Repin and Svetlana Zakharova present a specially devised  programme alternating purely instrumental pieces with solos, pas de deux and pas de trois by master composers and international choreographers.

Svetlana Zakharova, the Tsarina of dance, Prima Ballerina at 18, star of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, La Scala Milan, Covent Garden and Paris Opera Ballet in the leading classical and contemporary roles, will be partnered by principals from the top ballet companies.

Vadim Repin, acclaimed by critics and music lovers for almost 30 years since becoming the youngest ever winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, plays with Anton Barakhovsky and Hong Kong’s Gustav Mahler Orchestra.


Anna Karenina

23 & 24 Feb, 7.30pm 24 & 25 Feb, 2.30pm
By Spuch/Tolstoy

A contemporary ballet choreographed by Christian Spuch based on a classic piece of Russian literature to music by Rachmaninov, Lutosławski, Tsintsadze and Bardanashvili.


The Nutcracker

15-17, 19-20, 22-24.12.2017 7:30pm 16-17, 23-26.12.2017 2:30pm
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Hong Kong’s ultimate family holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, returns to enthral audiences once again with the splendour and magic of Clara and Fritz’s grand adventure! Journey into the dollhouse and up the larger-than-life Christmas tree to behold the heroic Nutcracker defeat the evil Rat King and to reunite with the Ballerina, his true love!

Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic music with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and grand sets, Terence Kohler's fresh, multi-layered version was created especially for Hong Kong Ballet. The Nutcracker will capture your imagination and transport you to a wondrous world of courageous toy soldiers, captivating dolls, dramatic sword fights and enchanting snowflakes.

Celebrate the festive season with family and friends at a beloved holiday event, and make memories to cherish for years to come!


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