[Hong Kong, 18 April, 2018 ] A thrilling Irish dance extravaganza is set to get feet tapping in Hong Kong, when IRISH CELTIC makes its debut at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 12 – 17 June 2018. Tickets are available online at www.hkticketing.com, or by calling 31-288-288. Seats can also be obtained at all HK Ticketing or Tom Lee outlets in person.
Direct from a highly successful tour of France and Germany, IRISH CELTIC features the finest performers from the top Irish dance companies, who show their incredible talent and their infectious love for dance in a thrilling evening of high energy dance and explosive rhythms interwoven with classic Irish folklore.
According to Choreographer Jim Murrihy, former original cast member of Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames, “IRISH CELTIC is the only Irish dance show to be fully live…Live dancing and music featuring the five-piece on-stage band and 12 exceptional dancers! We want to bring the audience on a journey and make them feel like they are in one of the greatest pubs of Ireland. Get ready to clap and tap along, Hong Kong!”
Set in a traditional pub in southern Ireland, IRISH CELTIC brings the warmth and conviviality for which Ireland is famed, onto the theatre stage. The audience is welcomed by genial landlord and owner Paddy to share an unforgettable night of music, storytelling and dance.
The live band get the evening going with infectious rhythms and passionate music, including romantic theme tunes from Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans, while the talented dancers recreate scenes from throughout Celtic history - from the days of the Druids to the great migrations to the voyage of the Titanic - with their spectacular choreography, scorching tap dancing and nail-biting precision. At the heart of IRISH CELTIC is the love of dance which has permeated Irish culture through the centuries, and through dance the story of Ireland’s history is vividly illustrated - and where better to appreciate it than in an Irish pub with traditional musicians, swirling skirts and flagon-loads of friendliness.
IRISH CELTIC has been created by the talented trio of Toby Gough, Artistic Director, Jim Murrihy as Choreographer, and Musical Director Anthony Davis. Toby Gough is the international award-winning director of the Cuban dance show Lady Salsa which was resident on London’s West End for two years. In 2012 his show Brazil Brazil! was performed on Broadway. He has toured the US with The Merchants of Bollywood and has travelled around the world with the highly successful The Bar at Buena Vista featuring stars of The Buena Vista Social Club.
Jim Murrihy has performed in Las Vegas and all over the world. As an expert in Irish Dance, Jim's extensive network of performers enables him to cast the top dancers from Ireland's leading commercial dance shows as well as draw on Ireland's undiscovered traditional dance community to form a diverse, professional and highly talented company. He collaborated with the talented Denise Flynn, former star of Lord of the Dance, for IRISH CELTIC. Anthony Davis has uniquely arranged and created both original, traditional songs, and the scores of the iconic film tracks for IRISH CELTIC. Throughout his career he has played and composed for the World Championships of Irish Dance as well as for numerous other Irish dancing events and original choreographies. He has released numerous CD compilations and has become a much sought-after musician in his field.
So come on down to the IRISH CELTIC Pub, meet the people of Ireland, and discover the songs, legends, traditions and dances of a culture whose heritage is as rich as it is old.
IRISH CELTIC is presented by Indigo Productions, Diamond Dance Productions and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.
The Official Ocean Carrier for IRISH CELTIC Hong Kong season is OOCL. Official Hotel is Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong.
“WITH IRISH CELTIC, THE DANCE IS FAR FROM OVER.” Aujourd’hui En France
"A LYRICAL, JOYFUL AND EXHILARATING EVENING" Télérama magazine, France
“AN EXTRAORDINARY SHOW” Ruhr Nachrichten, Germany
“HILARIOUS AND FUNNY” Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Germany
IRISH CELTIC Performance Dates: From 12th to 17th June 2018 Venue: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Show Dates Show Times Tuesday to Friday 7:45pm Saturday 2:00pm & 7:45pm Sunday 1:00pm & 6:00pm
Standard Ticket Prices: $895 (VIP), $745 (A Reserve), $545 (B Reserve), $445 (C Reserve)
Student Ticket Prices*: $645 (A Reserve), $445 (B Reserve) *A limited number of tickets for Full-Time Students aged under 25 only available in A and B Reserves for all performances.
Family Package*: $3,180 (VIP), $2,580 (A Reserve), $1,780 (B Reserve) *A limited number of tickets for Family Packages (set of 4 tickets) are available in VIP, A and B Reserves for all performances (excluding Fri & Sat evenings).
Ticket prices are exclusive of HK Ticketing service charge and courier fees
This event has no age limit. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Tickets can be purchased via all HK Ticketing hotline or website as follows: - HK Ticketing hotline: 31 288 288 - HK Ticketing website: www.hkticketing.com - HK Ticketing outlets: K11 Select, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus-Bethanie, AsiaWorld-Expo, Fringe Club, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, and all Tom Lee Music outlets
For more information, please visit http://irishceltic.com.hk/
Notes to Editors
ABOUT LUNCH BOX THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS Founded in Hong Kong in 1992 by James Cundall, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has established an unrivalled reputation for producing top quality international entertainment across five continents, and is now headquartered in the United Kingdom with companies in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and The Philippines.
Productions include musicals such as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia, West Side Story and Chicago; spectaculars such as Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria; boutique shows such as Stomp, Tap Dogs, Slava’s Snowshow, Potted Potter, Circus Oz and Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh!’; musical concerts including Thriller Live, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Abba Mania; international artists Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Elaine Paige; plays such as The Woman in Black, The Mousetrap and The 39 Steps; children’s shows Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney’s Space Adventures; events such as Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland (an outdoor Christmas ice rink and funfair in York, UK) and The Last Night of the Proms for the Hong Kong Handover; and The Imperial Ice Stars’ productions of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice.
As well as producing this portfolio of shows, James Cundall spent the first five months of 2010 based in Shanghai, as Producer of the Outdoor Opening Ceremony of Expo 2010 Shanghai China, on behalf of David Atkins Enterprises.
In addition to Irish Celtic in Hong Kong and Australia, productions for 2018 include: Evita in Hong Kong and Singapore; Swan Lake on Ice in Australia; Mamma Mia in Singapore and Manila; Stomp in Australia and New Zealand; Chicago in New Zealand; Beyond the Barricade in New Zealand and Australia; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in Australia; and Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York, UK.