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Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies - Reader’s Theatre by Chung King-fai (I) - On Golden Pond

Venue Date & Time Price
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum

In Cantonese


Reading of a stage classic X Actors in action X Guided appreciation of the script


Led by Maestro Chung King-fai, esteemed icon in Hong Kong theatre,
Read by veteran actors in the first ever open session of its kind –
On Golden Pond, a play that has become a classic of our time,
With 'play reading' and 'guided appreciation' rolled into one,
A theatre experience as you’d never had before awaits.



Norman, aged almost eighty, is a retired professor with a brusque and sometimes acid sense of humour.

Ethel, ten years his junior and easy and fun to be with, is his perfect life-long partner.

They are spending this summer as usual at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. They are visited by their daughter Chelsea, who is somewhat estranged from her curmudgeon of a father. Chelsea, in her middle-age and divorced, introduces them to her boyfriend, Bill, a dentist, and his son, Billy. Though the boy and Norman can hardly get along at first, eventually they come to enjoy each other’s company like grandfather and grandson. The rift between the father and daughter also begins to close. When summer is over, Chelsea takes Billy home. Just when the family thinks life seems to be back to normal, Norman suffers a heart attack. The sense of death is never more real, but this also makes them aware how much they love each other. Time may be running out, but they have had a wonderful life together, and perhaps, next summer, they can still come back to the faithfully waiting Golden Pond…


Chung King Fai

A veteran theatre actor and director, performing arts educator, TV producer, TV drama actor and TV host in Hong Kong. He was a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University for 23 years, and an actor and executive producer at the Hong Kong Television Broadcasting Limited, Rediffusion Television Limited and Asia Television Limited for 16 years. Chung was also the founding Dean of the School of Drama at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for 18 years. Chung has acted in countless plays, and garnered 8 Best Actor awards and 4 Best Director awards at the Hong Kong Drama Awards. In 2001, he joined the Hong Kong Television Broadcasting Limited and acted in numerous TV dramas and films.

Personnel and Cast

Performer: Chung King-fai, Lo Kwun-lan, Fung Wai-hang, Ko Tin-lung, Lau Shek-yin, Choy Chak-man

Playwright: Ernest Thompson

Director: Luther Fung

Programme Length

Part 1: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Part 2: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

With a 1 hour 30 minutes intermission.

Ticket & Concession

Tickets available from 9 October onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

(Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

10% discount for every purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% for 20 or more standard tickets


Programme Enquiries:2268 7325 (LCSD) 2353 0880 (Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies)
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk
Website:www.hongkongdrama.com (Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies)


The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The contents of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department


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