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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

‘Shakespeare is alive and well and thriving in the beating heart of Action To The Word’ The Guardian

Blood will have blood, they say, in this striking retelling of Shakespeare's most popular tragedy. The award-winning Action To The Word ensemble return, having toured Romeo & Juliet last year, in their visceral performance of this tale of ambition, power and loss. With their unique flare for physical storytelling, Action To The Word’s production of Macbeth, passionately pulls into question the very human condition, asking what people will stop at to get what they desire.

Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones (A Clockwork Orange, Dracula, and winner of the Musical Theatre Matters: UK Award for Best Director).

The running time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with one interval. For corporate, group bookings of more than 10, and school bookings, please call 2547 7150 or email kamun.yau@aba-

Suitable for ages 13+ for this performance and all audience members must have their own ticket.

Please note that there will be no refund or partial refunds on discounts once tickets have been issued and paid for.

Date:23 Oct (Wed) - 27 Oct (Sun)

Venue:Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre


The Gruffalo

“The Gruffalo is the perfect intro to theatre for kids!” The Londonist, UK

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
Songs, laughs and fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

For children aged 3 and above and their families.

The running time is approximately 60 minutes with no interval

There is no minimum age for this performance and all audience members must have their own ticket.

Please call Kamun on 2547 7150 or email for more information.

Please note that there will be no refund or partial refunds once tickets have been issued and paid for.

Date:19 Sep (Thu) - 22 Sep (Sun)

Venue:Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre


Black Comedy Di-Dar

Your beautiful rhapsody is most needed to colour the mundane of every day

A soon-closing secondary school in Hong Kong is on the verge of financial collapse. The desperate school principal thus decides to promote Chinese culture and make Chinese music a highlight in a bid to attract ample funding.
With the unsatisfactory response from students, the principal and the discipline head have no other ways but allow students with a major demerit to swap for with a minor demerit, and those with a minor demerit to swap for a warning if they join the Chinese orchestra. Sure enough, many students are attracted to register...

And it doesn’t end there. Rumour has it that the school is haunted, and the school janitors and female students swear they see spirits in the school.
To prevent fear from spreading, the school principal had no choice but to invite a musician-master to hold an exorcism ceremony in the school. During the ceremony, and when the musicians play the dida as loud as a trumpet, it ignites the performing soul deep in everyone's heart...

Playwright:Joey Leung, Melody Yuen
Director:Joey Leung, Edmond Tong
Actors:Joey Leung, Eric Kot, Edmond Tong, Luna Shaw, Grace Wu, Kaki Sham, Sica Ho, Larry To, KaKit Tang, Feuillade Leung

[In Cantonese]

The programme contains coarse language.

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme, artists and seating arrangements should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

The presenter reserves the right to refuse admission by any late comers to the event. The presenter also reserves the right to determine the time at which and the manner in which late comers are to be admitted.

Presented by:Windmill Grass Theatre

Date:29 Aug (Thu) - 08 Sep (Sun)

Venue:Academy Lyric Theatre


“Sponsored by BOC Credit Card : MAMMA MIA!” The Musical

The global smash hit musical “MAMMA MIA!” has always been loved by audiences around the world. The original English version of the musical is coming back to Hong Kong again after five years. BOC Credit Card sponsored: “MAMMA MIA!” the original English musical will be held from 26th to 28th July, 30th July to 4th August, 6th to 11th August, and 13th to 15th August 2024 with a total of 24 shows at Lyric Theatre of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

BOC Credit Card sponsored: “MAMMA MIA!” is created by renowned British musical producer Judy Craymer, and is based on the songs of Swedish group ABBA. Set on an idyllic Greek island where the sun always shines, ‘’MAMMA MIA!” tells the story of Sophie and her quest to discover the true identity of her father on the eve of her wedding. The bride-to-be summons three man from her mother’s romantic past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago, leading to a whirling of drama and epic songs with fun, colourful, and heart-warming in one show.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of “MAMMA MIA!”. They will use the sounds of nature with powerful singing and dancing by the UK’s touring group, to bring popular classics such as “Dancing Queen”, “Super Trouper” and “Money, Money, Money”.

Date:26 Jul (Fri) - 15 Aug (Thu)

Venue:Academy Lyric Theatre


Così fan tutte, an Opera by Mozart

A Tale of Surviving a Devious Love Experiment

An old philosopher wagers on the absence of absolutely faithful love, dares two young soldiers into relentlessly pursuing each other’s fiancée, disguised as foreign merchants. To the two dimwit’s horror, it doesn’t take long for the ladies to fall for the merchants and be wed! As the wedding approaches, will the men’s otherwise shattered love pull through?

Collaborating with top creatives from Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari (Italy), artists from the Hong Kong Grand Opera performs Mozart’s last comic opera, Così fan tutte, still frequently performed to this day owing to its edgy plot and popular music.

Fiordiligi: Kenix Tsang
Dorabella: Samantha Chong
Despina: Joyce Wong
Ferrando: Yong Chen
Gugliemo: Michael Lam
Don Alfonso: Jeremy Leung

Hong Kong Grand Opera Chorus
Hong Kong Grand Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Elio Orciuolo

Producer: Dongjian Gong
Stage Director: Giandomenico Vaccari
Costume Designer: Yoki Lai
Lighting Designer: Leo Siu
Chorus Master: Ming Kwong

Sung in Italian with English and Chinese surtitles
For ages 6 and above
Performance runs approximately 2 hours with intermission

Date:21 Jun (Fri) - 22 Jun (Sat)

Venue:HK Jockey Club Amphitheatre


Academy Chinese Opera: Gongs and Drums

Date:14 Jun (Fri) - 15 Jun (Sat)

Venue:Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre


Beautiful Harmony

Experience the captivating concert Beautiful Harmony featuring internationally awarded pianist Niu Niu and rising star flautist Cocomi. Their enchanting musicianship transcends borders as they weave melodies together, creating tranquil harmonies with pleasing notes. Niu Niu's masterful interpretations of the piano and Cocomi's sensational touch on the flute enlighten the audience. In a delightful addition, the concert will feature a mesmerising poetry reading, where the spoken word intertwines with enchanting music, evoking emotions and painting vivid imagery. Join them on this extraordinary musical journey, where the magic of Beautiful Harmony transports you to a world of captivating melodies and the sublime beauty of poetry.
This concert is proudly sponsored by First Initiative Foundation (FIF) and fully supported by Star Partner, American Express. For over 14 years, FIF has been supporting and promoting the arts, music, and education in Hong Kong.
Piano: Niu Niu
Flute: Cocomi
Quartet from the French International School
DEBUSSY Beau soir *
Rêverie *
Andantino con moto, no. 1 from
Deux arabesques *
FAURÉ Berceuse, op. 16
Sicilienne, op. 78 *+
Fantaisie op. 79
Vocalise, no. 14 from 14 Romances, op. 34 ^
LØVLAND Song from a Secret Garden #
LOUIGUY/PIAF La vie en rose #
POULENC Mélancolie *
Le disparu *
Improvisation no. 15 in C minor,
'L'hommage à Edith Piaf' *
CHEN G. & HE Z. Excerpt from Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto #+
* Arrangement: Hideaki Hagimori
# Arrangement: Niu Niu
^ Arrangement: Takatsugu Muramatsu
+ Performed with students from The French International School

Date:30 May (Thu) - 31 May (Fri)

Venue:HK Jockey Club Amphitheatre


School of Rock the Musical

Based on the Paramount movie by Mike White, “School of Rock the Musical” with new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.

The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band, trying to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands contest.

Andrew Lloyd Webber composed 14 new songs for the show, which additionally features all the original songs from the movie. “You’re in the Band” and “Stick it to the Man” are well on their way to becoming rock solid standards, while the finale with “Teacher’s Pet” will bring audiences to their feet, night after night.

Date:25 May (Sat) - 16 Jun (Sun)

Venue:Academy Lyric Theatre


Academy Drama: A Journey of Sanshiro

Date:22 May (Wed) - 25 May (Sat)

Venue:Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre


School of Dance Summer Performances

Date:17 May (Fri) - 18 May (Sat)

Venue:Academy Lyric Theatre