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Renowned director brings Hamlet to Hong Kong

Internationally acclaimed director Peter Stein, one of the most influential names in theatre today, has taken the Russian, Bulgarian, German and Japanese theatre world by storm with his interpretation of Hamlet.

In May, he will lead Russia's top-class actors and backstage team in a highly anticipated performance in Hong Kong.

Stein has a predilection for Greek tragedies and Shakespeare. He believes that theatre is about "the truth of the existence of mankind", which is the major theme of those classic works. Over the years, his direction has attained a level of exquisite beauty. His deep understanding of a text, whether it is ancient or not, has motivated his actors to give a truthful and intense performance, which never fails to make a powerful impact on the audience. Stein maintains that live theatre is just a platform for such direct communication between the performers and the audience.

With Russia's top-class actors and backstage team from the "International Confederation of Theatre Associations (Russia), Stein is going to show Hong Kong patrons how Hamlet's genuineness, thoughtfulness, and sincerity make him special; how Hamlet chooses not to compromise with evil; and how he reaffirms the tragic dignity of a basically decent person in a bad world. The title role "Hamlet" is played by Russian movie star, Evgeny Mironov. He has performed as Ivan Karamazov in "The Karamazovs and Hell" which awarded him with a national prize. He played in Peter Stein's production of "The Oresteia" and Declan Donnellan's "Boris Godunov". He is an extremely well known film actor, and has starred in "Love", "The Moslem", "Burned by the Sun", "The Government Inspector", "In August, 1944", "Idiot" etc.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the performance will be staged at 7.30pm from May 20 to 24 (Thursday to Monday) at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $360, $280 and $200 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 (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). Please check out details of other discount schemes from programme leaflets.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for more information, visit .

The production is performed in Russian with Chinese and English subtitles. Latecomers will only be admitted at the interval after the first part of the performance which lasts two hours and 15 minutes. The show contains a scene of partial nudity.

Ends/Tuesday, April 27, 2004
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