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The Common Cold

Event Category: Performing Arts

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Poster of "The Common Cold"


Programme Description

A seemingly familiar city is ravaged by an epidemic – a cold with an extremely high fatality rate and its permanent cure improbable. Investigation by experts and governing rulers concludes that the disease is linked to: loneliness. To fight the epidemic, the government imposes a firm grip on such feelings, and introduces a number of measures: new homes for patients who have recovered with new family members assigned to ensure a non-lonely lifestyle, in order for them to become integrated into the normal society again. Suddenly, everyone is in the new profession of 'family'. Forced to live together, they lead a lifestyle of being made transparent. Those who survived the disease will now also be spared from loneliness, or so they claim…

The Common Cold was adapted from an original novel by Hon Lai Chu, hailed as Hong Kong’s own Kafka, in addition to receiving the top ten Chinese novels by Yazhou Zhoukan, the Recommended Prize  in the Fiction Category at the Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature, the First Prize in the Medium-length Fiction category at the Unitas  Literature and Fiction Prize for New Writers, as well as the China Times’ top ten recommended original Chinese books award. Her writing fuses together imagination and reality, critically inquiring into the human living conditions. The Common Cold is also veteran theatre director Lee Chun Chow’s first production for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.



Programme Details

Accessible Performance

Date: 26 October 2014 (Sun)

Time: 2:45pm

Venue: Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall


Other Performances

Date (1): 25, 26, 28-31 October, 1, 4-8 November 2014

Time (1): 7:45pm


Date (2): 8-9 November 2014

Time (2): 2:45pm




Accessible Performance

Price: $280 / $200 / $160


Other Performances

Price (Applicable to performances from Fri to Mon): $280 / $200 / $160

Weekday and Sunday Evening Special (Weekday Special only applicable to performances from Tue to Thu, except on public holidays): $250 / $180 / $140


Remarks: 50% discount available for People with Disabilities and the Support Person, Full-time Students, Senior Citizens aged 60 or above and CSSA recipients (subject to availability).


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Hong Kong Repertory Theatre

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