:: Season Programme・Main Stage Production
Speaking in Tongues
04.01.2020 - 19.01.2020

In face of loneliness and love, we become speechless like mayflies

The play starts off with two couples embroiled in extra-marital affairs. A high-heeled shoe in the bushes, a therapy session, a few phone messages and numerous love letters trace the overlapping relationships and conflicting emotional associations entangling nine characters. Loneliness and marital bonds are overwhelmed by the thrill to connect intimately with a stranger. Why are we so ill-equipped to speak of love? Despite our best efforts in expressing our emotions, words often fail to communicate what is lodged deep in our hearts.

The 1996 premiere of Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues in Sydney was greeted with tremendous acclaim. Since then, the play has been mounted in Europe and America. Speaking in Tongues features a cast of four, exploring the story and its ramifications from different angles as the narrative traverses time and space. Audiences who attended our Reader’s Theatre of Speaking in Tongues were enthusiastic. Adapted for Cantonese and directed by HKRep Artistic Director Anthony Chan, Speaking in Tongues focuses our attention on the intricate desires and temptations of men and women in our cosmopolitan world.


Performance Date & Venue
7:45pm 4, 7 – 9*, 10 – 11, 14 – 16*, 17 – 18.1.2020
2:45pm 5, 11 – 12, 18 – 19.1.2020

Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

$320 / $260 / $200 ($300* / $250* / $190*)
*Weekday Special

Presented in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

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Cast & Production Team
Andrew Bovell (Australia)
Li, Huan-hsung (Taiwan)
Cantonese Adaptation & Director
Anthony Chan
Main Cast
Set and Costume Designer
Jan Wong
Co-costume Designer
Ainsley So
Lighting Designer
Wheel Lo@iLight Production Ltd.
Music and Sound Designer
Labroe Lee
Frankie Ho

Ticket discounts
50% discount for
– Full-time Students (limited offer)
– Senior Citizens aged 60 or above (limited offer)
– People with disabilities & the minder. For purchase of each concessionary ticket for people with disabilities, the customer can purchase one ticket of same concession for a minder.

15% discount for
– HKRep Pals members

10% discount for
– Members of CCDC Dance Inspirations
– Club Bravo members of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
– Zuni’s Friends
– Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet
– Friends of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
– Friends of Hong Kong Dance Company
– Chung Ying Theatre “Energy Fun Club plus

10% discount for
(Discounts only available at URBTIX outlets upon presentation of valid membership / staff cards)
– Members of HKAPA Alumni Association
– Members of Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servant’s Association
– FANCL Club Members
– Staff of Shun Hing Group
– Bookaholic Members of The Commercial Press
– Members of Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
– Members or Staff of Broadway Photo Supply Limited

– Members of CCDC Student Dance Inspirations