Located on the eastern edge of the West Kowloon Cultural District, at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road, the Xiqu Centre is directly accessible from the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station (future Express Rail Link terminus) and Austin MTR station, and easy to reach by public transport from all parts of Hong Kong. The building’s striking design, created by Bing Thom Architects (now Revery Architecture) and Ronald Lu Architects, was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns and blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the art form. Stepping through the main entrance, shaped to resemble parted stage curtains, visitors are led directly into a lively atrium with a raised podium and space for presenting the rich and ancient culture of Chinese traditional theatre.
The eight-storey building has a total area of 28,164 sq m and houses a Grand Theatre, accommodating 1,073 seats, a Tea House Theatre, with a capacity of up to 200 seats, eight professional studios and a seminar hall, all specially designed for different types of xiqu-related functions and activities. The design details of each of the facilities have also been created in response to the practical requirements and aesthetic features of the art form. A unique feature of the venue is the location of the Grand Theatre at the top of the building, which allows for a large open atrium below with space for exhibitions, stalls, and xiqu demonstrations and workshops.
Tea House Theatre
Their Tea House Theatre programme, Standard Chartered Tea House Theatre Experience, is specially designed to introduce new audiences to Chinese traditional theatre. The 90-minute performance, presented by our very own Tea House Rising Stars Troupe, showcases a selection of short excerpts demonstrating a range of vocal and music styles. It also includes narration by an expert moderator to help newcomers gain insight into the history of the art form.
To recreate the warm, authentic atmosphere of Hong Kong’s early 20th century tea houses, audiences are served traditional tea and dim sum during the performance – a delicious way to learn about the heritage of Chinese traditional theatre.
However much you know about xiqu, Cantonese opera, Chinese culture, history or literature, the Tea House Theatre offers a new kind of experience.
Date and time:
From 23 January 2019
Every Wednesday to Sunday: 7:30pm
Every Saturday and Sunday: 3:00pm
Tea House Theatre, Xiqu Centre
Performed and narrated in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
$368, $318 (Price includes performance, tea and dim sum)
(852) 2200 0022, [email protected]
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Student matinees and programmes for tour groups with narration in English or Mandarin are also available on request.