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Theatre Space - Checkmate

Venue Date & Time Price
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$180, $120

In Cantonese

If Twelve Angry Men touched, Checkmate promises to rock!

Checkmate - A 15th anniversary production of Theatre Space

A go legend that vanished with the Sino-Japanese War


Legend has it that during World War II, there was a go chess room inside the Japanese army headquarters where twenty-two secret top go masters aided the imperial army's full invasion of China by working strategies from go moves and using the checkerboard as a simulated battlefield.


Young go master Minoru Kitani is invited to become the twenty-third master. In the go chess room, he meets the top national go grandmaster Shūsai Honinbou, the warmongering and blood-thirsty commander Iwane Matsuzaka, the loyal Kouhei Inoue, the ambitious Heiichiro Segoe, the anti-war Chiyoko Shimazu, and the good and gentle servant Natsu.


Inspired by the final phase of a go game, Kitani gradually sees the true cruelty of war. Furthermore, whilst playing a game against Shūsai Honinbou, he is struck by the Chinese go chess genius Go Seigen's profound and all-encompassing "Go position". Against the militarist backdrop, the idealist Kitani is impacted as never before. He reflects anew the relationship between the way of go and the way of the universe.


*This programme contains violence scenes

Personnel and Cast

Playwright: Cheung Fei Fan
Director / Set Designer: Jacob Yu
Producer: Bee Wan
Deputy Producer: MeiG Chan
Sound Designer: Stoa Lau
Costume Designer: Kenneth Leung
Lighting Designer: Bert Wong
Makeup Designer: Joyce Ma
Production Manager: Lawrence Lee
Cast: Ko Kai Cheung, Stephen Au Kam Tong, Anna Lo, Anson Lam Pui Lim,
         Kiu Po Chung, Billy Yip Hing Wah, Ivy Lau Ting Kwan, Choi Chung Hop


Programme Length

Running time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. 
Latecomers will not be admitted until the intermission or a suitable break in the programme.
With post-performance talk after each performance.


Tickets available from 5 December 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) / 2540 1011 (Theatre Space)
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk
Website:www.theatrespace.org (Theatre Space)

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


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