Academic Pressure and Clashing Views: Acclaimed Play ‘Principle’ Returns to Stage

Why We Recommend it

This is a new version of the lauded Hong Kong Repertory Theatre production, in which the pressure of Hong Kong schooling takes centre stage.


Is education more concerned with following strict rules or passing on values and heritage? Is the school’s reputation more important than differentiating right from wrong?

Inspired by events that took place in playwright Ivan Kwok’s secondary school in 2005, Principle chronicles the struggles that both students and teachers face with the pressures of education in Hong Kong.

The play was originally staged last year at the Hong Kong Repertory Black Box Theatre, where all 14 performances were sold out within a few days. Now Kwok and Principle‘s new director Fong Chun-kit have been tasked with bringing the production to a bigger venue, with a new cast and a redeveloped script.

We spoke to Kwok and Fong to learn more about their poignant play – read our article here.


When: 9 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018 Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre – 5 Edinburgh Place – Central