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05 Jun - 16 Jun

Hong Kong International Shakespeare Festival 2024

By Celia Lee 12 April 2024

Event Information

START DATE 05 Jun 2024
END DATE 16 Jun 2024
Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District, 8 Museum Drive, Tsim Sha Tsui

Header image courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District

If you were not a fan of Shakespeare’s works when you were forced to study it in school, the performances held during the Hong Kong International Shakespeare Festival might be able to change your mind. Presented by local drama collective Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, the Hong Kong International Shakespeare Festival 2024 explores the breadth and depth of the famous playwright’s iconic stories through contemporary adaptations from Hong Kong and beyond.

Experience King Lear through a non-verbal theatrical performance starring an all-female cast, while the emotional turmoil of Henry V is reinterpreted through satire by a one-man show starring director of the York International Shakespeare Festival, Philip Parr, titled “Henry V: Man and Monarch.” 

See Hamlet reimagined through elements of Korean clown theatre, traditional Indian music, dance, and a touch of absurdism, while Macbeth is retold through two poignant perspectives: “Macbettu” offers a primal presentation of the power struggle that structures Shakespeare’s masterpiece, while “Lady Macbeth” imagines what happens after the end of the original play and portrays the devastation of love through the Macbeths’ eternal damnation.

Post-performance sessions are available for audiences to meet with the artists of each play. Advanced booking is now available on the ticketing system Art-Mate till 10 am on 21 April. Public tickets go on sale on Urbtix from 10 am on 26 April.

Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.