Something that is important for any aspiring artist is to have an innate curiosity about the world. Artists must constantly be watching, listening and observing the world around them. It’s also important to read as much as you can, and see and experience as much art as you can. Go to art galleries, and to the cinema and to the theatre.
A question we get asked all the time is how students in Hong Kong can see more English theatre.
While we do get a wonderful variety of productions in Hong Kong from local productions to international productions, You don’t need to travel all the way to London to be able to enjoy West End plays or musicals. Many cinemas in Hong Kong screen the National Theatre Live Series. For students studying Shakespeare there are screenings of:
Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch-
On 9th November at Palace IFC
16th November at KLN The One
8th December at Movie Movie City Plaza
Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo-
On 1st of September at Palace IFC
21st of September at The One
29th September at City Plaza
King Lear starring Ian McKellen
On 8th of September at Premiere Elements
21st September at Movie Movie City Plaza
28th September at The One
And Julius Caesar starring Ben Wishaw and Michelle Fairley
On 31st of August at KLN The One.
These screenings are definitely worth attending. They are often sold out weeks in advance so you must book early, but not only are you getting the experience of it being filmed in front of a live audience; often the screenings will include behind the scenes footage or interviews with the director or cast. For any students who are studying The Bard, these are great opportunities to see first rate actors doing what they do best.
From time to time National Theatre Live also screens musicals, in the past they have had screenings of acclaimed productions of Follies and Funny Girl so watch this space for more musicals in the future.