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5 family-friendly performing arts shows to see with your kids

By Gigi Wong 9 September 2019
Header photo credit: Klook

As we’ve entered the back-to-school season, it’s certainly important for youngsters and kids to focus on their academic studies, but that doesn’t have to mean all work and no play. During downtime from their schoolrooms, why not take your little ones to some of the best theatrical productions in the 852? And we mean the family-friendly ones, so both you and the kids can be thoroughly entertained. If you’re tickled, read on to see our picks of the best family-friendly performing arts shows happening in town this season.

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Shakespeare’s Globe 2019

Precocious youngsters may appreciate their first introduction to the genius of Shakespeare. Why not take them to Shakespeare’s Globe this year? The talented company is making a triumphant return to our shore with not just one, but a trio of plays—The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, and Pericles—where their extraordinary cast will perform multiple roles across three performances. If you’re not sure which one to go to, you could join the Audience Choice Show on the first night, September 24, where you and your fellow audience will get to decide which play is to be performed. The rules are simple: the loudest cheer wins and the action will start right away!

When: September 24–29

Where: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $395

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The Snowman

Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-adored book, The Snowman centres around a young boy’s snowman as it comes to life on Christmas Eve. The two companions set off on a night-time adventure where they meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeers, and a gang of the Snowman’s friends. They also encounter the evil Jack Frost. Follow to see if the two will manage to escape and get back home on time for Christmas morning. Featuring the unforgettable hit Walking in the Air by Howard Blake, the live-action show will certainly thrill both you and your little ones.

When: November 29–December 1

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $395–$795

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Where is Peter Rabbit?

Delve into the magical world of Beatrix Potter as the author’s most beloved character, Peter Rabbit, is brought to life in a theatrical grandeur. Based on the original and heartwarming tales that are loved by both adults and children, Where is Peter Rabbit? is a drama production involving beautifully-handcrafted puppets, enchanting songs, and a sprinkle of magic. A bedtime story that has been told and retold for centuries, you’ll certainly delight in the fantastic choreography and entrancing set, featuring all of your favourite characters. Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Twiggly Winkle, and Peter Rabbit will perform a set of joyful tunes with lyrics by one of Britain’s most renowned playwrights, Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

When: September 27–October 6

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $215–$475

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Disney’s The Lion King

If you’re grumbling that you didn’t catch Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King in cinema on time, fret not, because the musical sensation based on the original animation of 1994 is also coming to Hong Kong this December. As one of the most successful and longest-running musicals since its debut back in 1997, it brings together an innovative array of state-of-the-art visual artistry, the memorable score that seals the memory of a generation, and unique storytelling. This is the chance for you and your little ones to witness the theatrical phenomena in Hong Kong for the first time ever.

When: December 18–January 5

Where: Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau

How Much: $399–$1099

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James and the Giant Peach

Most kids will already know and adore Roald Dahl’s fabulous stories. This time, Faust International Youth Theatre is adapting the author’s acclaimed children’s novel, James and the Giant Peach, to the stage. This performing arts show takes you into James’s isolated world with his two awful aunts, whom he desperately wants to get away from. Join James as he embarks on a grand adventure, involving an enormous peach in his garden and a journey to bustling New York City with some unusual insect friends. It’s an enthralling experience for those who are already familiar with Dahl’s book, and a great introduction to your children if they are new to the author’s quirky work.

When: November 7–10

Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $250–$290

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From Hollywood blockbusters to indie flicks, Gigi loves just everything about films. Aside from rock n’ roll, she is also partial to jazz and vintage music. You can find her indulging in all sorts of books, eating out, discovering vinyl albums, and playing Blu-ray movies on her TV.

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