Programme Details

[Cancelled] Salzburg Marionette Theatre


In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the resultant closures of venues across the city, and concerns for the health and safety of participating artists and audiences, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) has made the difficult decision to cancel the February and March performances of the 48th HKAF. All Young Friends (YFS) programmes and outreach activities within the above period, including in-school pre-performance workshops, will also be cancelled. Arrangements for YFS membership will be announced soon by email. For general enquiries, please email to


Hailed as the “most highly developed form of puppet and figure theatre” as the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre arrives with the marionette version of Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio.




Fascination, illusion, artistry and tradition

An uplifting tale of heroism and love, Fidelio is a story for our times. The devoted Leonore is an ordinary woman who goes to extraordinary lengths to help her husband escape from an unjust imprisonment during the French Revolution. In this brand-new version by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, celebrated German director Thomas Reichert and set designer Michael Simon bring audiences the utopia of love, humanity, hope and brotherhood that the composer longed for.

Hailed as the “most highly developed form of puppet and figure theatre” and listed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre has been Austria’s cultural ambassador since its founding in 1913. Their production of Beethoven’s only opera was commissioned by Beethovenfest Bonn in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday. An unmissable event for lovers of opera, theatre, history, culture and Beethoven.

Approx 1 hr 55 mins incl one interval
Performed in German with English and Chinese surtitles
Recommended for ages 10 and above


Ludwig van Beethoven

Thomas Reichert

Stage Design
Michael Simon
Thomas Reichert

Head of Puppet Design
Alfred Kleinheinz

Kerstin Grießhaber

Musical Adaptation
Thomas Reichert
Philippe Brunner
Matthias Thurow

Lighting Design
Thomas Reichert
Alexander Proschek


Photo credit

Salzburger Marionettentheater



    2 / 3 / 2020  19:45 &

    3 / 3 / 2020  16:30



    Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre