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Alice Theatre Laboratory - Life of Galileo

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
$180, $120

In Cantonese


Unhappy is an age that breeds no hero

No, unhappy is an age that needs a hero


Galileo explains to his housekeeper’s son the Copernican theory, declaring that a new era has arrived.  By presenting an ‘improved’ version of the telescope invented in Holland, Galileo manages to not only raise his esteem in the eyes of all those around him but also confirm the Copernican theory. He moves to Florence in the hope of getting more funding for his research, but the academics there adamantly reject his theories, while the Church pressures him to give up his research.  The new Pope, instead of accepting Galileo’s discourse on modern observational astronomy, sends him to face the Inquisition.


Would Galileo recant his teachings, or stoically face torture?


Cantonese translation and stage performance of this play by permission of Sukrkamp Verlag, copyright-holder in Germany.

Personnel and Cast

Playwright: Bertolt Brecht

Director: Chan Hang Fai Andrew

Translation: Wong Wing Man

Co-producers: Chan Shui Yu, Wong Wing Man

Executive Producer / Ticketing: Ip Man Yan*

Set & Costume Designer: Mo Ka Man

Lighting Designer: Cheng Micro

Composer & Sound Designer: Pang Chun Kit

Video Designer: Lai Ho Yin Desmond

Puppet Design & Production: Kwong Hon Pan

Graphic Designer: Terrenz Chang

Stage Manager: Chong Hiu Ting

Deputy Stage Manager: Chan Ka Yee

Assistant Stage Manager: Cheung Wai San

Actors: Luther Luk, Chan Shui Yu, Leung Chi Chung Eric, Tam Tsz Ling, Cheng Ka Chun, Chau Ka Fai, Law Chung Kin, Tsang Wai Dick, Tang On Tik Andy, Chan Wai Chung, Mok Wing See Vinci, Lai Ching Ping Priscilla

*The Internship Scheme is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Programme Length

Running time is about 3 hours, with a 15-minute intermission.

Latecomers will not be admitted until the intermission or a suitable break in the programme.

With post-performance talks after the performances on 11 and 13 March.

About the Group

Alice Theatre Laboratory

Alice Theatre Laboratory (ATL) is a Hong Kong theatre company, registered as a charitable organization, that receives yearly grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. ATL is devoted to experimental performances. In the 2008-2012 seasons, Seven Boxes Possessed of Kafka (première, rerun, Shanghai tour, Beijing tour and Macao Tour), Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (première, rerun and Beijing tour), Beckett on Stage II: Reminiscence & Traces, The Maids, 1001 Nights of Pasolini and One Hundred Years of Solitude (première and Beijing tour) were critically acclaimed and nominated for and received a number of awards for the Hong Kong Drama Awards and the Hong Kong Theatre Libre. The company was also invited to perform in Mainland China for the purposes of cultural exchange. Recently, CNNGo has acclaimed ATL as one of the five most watchable Hong Kong theatre companies.


Tickets available from 28 February 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.


Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7325 (LCSD)/ 2784 7938 (Alice Theatre Laboratory)

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Website: www.alicetheatre.com (Alice Theatre Laboratory)


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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