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Austrian theatre to thrill local puppetry lovers

The award-winning puppetry theatre, Marionettentheater Schloss Schonbrunn (Austria), will visit Hong Kong in December with a gala of music, dance, fast-moving action and colourful sets and costumes.

With the music of Mozart and Johann Strauss Jr., the theatre will showcase "A Little Night Music" (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) and "Johann Strauss and the Danube Maid" in their performance.

"A Little Night Music" is one of the most popular classical works by Mozart. It is exquisite, captivating and distinctive. The work itself did not appear in print until 36 years after Mozart's death, and the composer's original manuscript only came to light during the Second World War. In this marionette play, a beautiful lady merrily dances in the woods to the light but masterful music of Mozart.

Inspired by the Danube where Strauss's father grew up, Johann Strauss Jr. wrote his best-known work "The Blue Danube" in 1867. "Johann Strauss and the Danube Maid" portrays the life of Johann Strauss Jr. Embellished by exquisitely made marionettes, fabulous set and costumes, rich and splendid scenes - dancing violins, a romantic forest, gorgeous snow ... and the beautiful scores of Mozart and Strauss, the puppetry theatre offers a delightful experience in the fantasy world of marionettes.

Marionettentheater Schloss Schonbrunn is the champion of the 32nd International Festivals of Puppet (1999, Zagreb), World Festival of Puppet Art (2000, Prague) and the 9th International Puppet Festival (2002, Teheran). It has performed in many cities and won critical acclaim.

The performance will be at 8pm on Friday (December 15) at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre; 8pm on Saturday (December 16) and 3pm on Sunday (December 17) at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall.

Tickets priced from $90 to $170 are now available at URBTIX outlets, while senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will be a maximum of 20% off for a single purchase of different programmes in the series. Please see the programme leaflets for details.

The performance by the Marionettentheater Schloss Schonbrunn is one of the entertaining programmes in "Cheers! Series 2006" presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Other attractions of the series include "Space Little Prince" by Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education; "Little Fish" by Make Friends with Puppet; "The Animal World" popular concert by the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra; "Magnificat Spanish Delights" by Hong Kong Oratorio Society; "The Nutcracker" by the Hong Kong Ballet; Concert by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir; "Magical Christmas with Piano Seven" (Switzerland); "Magic Beyond Belief" by the Spencers (USA) and the acrobatic shows by the Tweaksters (USA). Please refer to individual programme leaflets for details.

For enquiries about the programmes, 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 online at .

Ends/Tuesday, October 31, 2006
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