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The World's Greatest Mime Marcel Marceau to Re-visit HK


Marcel Marceau is undoubtedly the greatest mime of our times. With his exquisitely detailed, smooth and layered performances, he easily captures the hearts of audience all over the globe and remains a truly universal marvel. He is sprightly, energetic and charming as ever even though he is at 80.

After his last visit four years ago, the world' greatest mime now returns to Hong Kong for two not-to-be missed performances. Don't miss the chance to meet such a brilliant artist at 8pm, April 21 and 22 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall.

In an engrossing two-hour show, Marceau will divide the programme into "Pantomimes of Style", which tells concise little stories while displaying his superb mime technique, and "Pantomimes of Bip", which explores the misadventures of Bip. Words can hardly describe Marceau's exhilarating show and his charm is beyond words. An evening with the French master is a theatrical experience beyond compare - a must!

Born in Strasbourg, France, Marcel Marceau enrolled in Charles Dullin's School of Dramatic Art in the Sarah Bernhardt Theater in Paris in 1944, where he studied with the mime master Etienne Decroux. In 1947, he created "Bip", who has become his alter-ego, like Chaplin's "Little Tramp". In 1948, Marceau received the renowned Deburau Prize. The following year, he formed his Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau - the only company of pantomime in the world at that time. The ensemble played the leading theatres in Paris, as well as other playhouses throughout the world. He has toured the world extensively over the past five decades and has been enchanting audiences around the world for years, including five trips to Hong Kong between 1983 and 1999.

Marceau's art has become familiar to millions of people worldwide through his many television appearances. He received two Emmy Awards for his television shows. He has demonstrated his versatility in motion pictures. Numerous honors have been bestowed upon Marceau, including the highest honors conferred by the French Government: Officier de la Legion d'Honneur, Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, and Grand Officier de l'Ordre National du Merite. He accepted the honor and responsibilities of serving as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Second World Assembly on Ageing in April 2002.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Pantomime Performance by Marcel Marceau is the opening performance and one of the major attractions of "Le French May". Tickets priced at $300, $250, $200 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Discounted tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). There will also be a 10% discount for every purchase of 4 to 9 tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more.

Programme enquiries can be made on 2268 7323. Ticketing enquiries and reservation can be made on 2734 9009, credit card telephone booking on 2111 5999 while Internet booking at To search more information on internet, please visit

End/Wednesday, March 12, 2003

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