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Japanese puppeteers bring "Peter Pan" to HK

Japan's live puppetry group, Hikosen, will bring the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook in Neverland to Hong Kong next month.

"Peter Pan" will be staged at 3pm and 8pm on December 17 to 19 (Friday to Sunday) and 11am on December 19 at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre. Apart from the first performance, which will be in Japanese with Chinese and English surtitles, the remaining shows will be in Cantonese with English surtitles.

Founded in 1966, the theatre company Hikosen gives performances that are different from traditional puppetry. It has staged performances in more than 20 countries, with a domestic annual record of over 500 performances throughout Japan. All the performances in Hikosen's repertoire are adapted from world-famous fairy tales. Trained in ballet and gymnastics, the performers wear masks and dress as the characters in the age-old folk tales. The exquisite masks, fanciful costumes, and fabulous props and stage settings create spectacular visual effects and a dream-like atmosphere.

"Peter Pan" by Hikosen theatre company is one of the programmes of the "Cheers!" Series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $180, $130 and $90 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (Limited CSSA tickets on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. Please check out programme leaflets for details of the "Cheers!" Series discount scheme.

For programme enquiries call 2268 7323 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through .

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