Kwai Tsing Theatre
|Kwai Tsing Theatre|
Overview of the theatre and forecourt
Location within Hong Kong
|Type||Performing arts venue|
|Address||No. 12 Hing Ning Road
Kwai Chung, New Territories
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Architectural Services Department|
|Structural engineer||Ove Arup & Partners|
|Quantity surveyor||DG Jones & Partners (HK) Ltd|
|Main contractor||China International Water & Electric Corporation|
Kwai Tsing Theatre (Chinese: 葵青劇院) is a major performance venue in Kwai Chung, New Territories, Hong Kong. It is located in Kwai Fong, near Kwai Fong MTR station. It was built by the Regional Council and opened in November 1999 to provide a medium-size venue for performances. It has a 899-seat auditorium, a black box theatre, and various smaller function rooms.
A working group appointed by the Recreation and Culture Select Committee of the former Regional Council presented a report, on 13 May 1989, that observed "a dearth of purpose-built, well-located, medium-sized civic centres" in the council's service area. As a result, the council began studying building such a venue within Kwai Tsing District.
Construction began in 1994. The theatre was planned and designed by the Architectural Services Department, a department of the Hong Kong Government. It was engineered by Ove Arup & Partners and built by China International Water & Electric Corporation.
The theatre was officially opened by Lau Wong-fat, chairman of the Provisional Regional Council, on 18 November 1999. It cost HK$468 million. Since 2000, the theatre has been managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).
In early 2008, the exhibition gallery was converted into the LCSD's first black box theatre. The renovation was completed in response to local arts groups concerned by the shortage of smaller performance venues in Hong Kong.
- Auditorium (899 seats)
- Black box theatre (130-160 seats)
- Dance studio
- Lecture room (98 removable seats)
- Outdoor plaza
- Rehearsal room
On 2 September 2010, following the Manila hostage crisis, the Hong Thai Travel Services organised a public memorial service at the theatre for killed tour leader Masa Tse, who was posthumously awarded the Medal for Bravery (Gold) for gallantry during the standoff.
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- "Kwai Tsing Civic Centre - Inclusion of a New Item in the Regional Council Capital Works Programme". Regional Council. 13 September 1990.
- "3CE - Kwai Tsing Civic Centre Upgrading to Category III". Regional Council. 8 July 1992.
- "Theatre without compromise". Building Journal. April 2000.
- "Grand opening for Kwai Tsing Theatre". Hong Kong Government. 18 November 1999.
- "New Black Box Theatre at Kwai Tsing Theatre". Hong Kong Government. 22 May 2008.
- Chow, Vivienne (19 May 2008). "New black box theatre shows that small can be beautiful". South China Morning Post. p. 3.
- "Auditorium". Kwai Tsing Theatre. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
- Leung, Paggie (3 September 2010). "Agency pays tribute to tour guide". South China Morning Post. p. 2.
- "2011 Honours List". Hong Kong Government. 1 July 2011.
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