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UK theatre consultancy firm opens its first overseas office in Hong Kong (with photo)

     London-based theatre consultancy practice Theatreplan announced today (November 24) that it has set up a Hong Kong office to manage the Freespace black box theatre project as part of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) development.

     The Theatreplan office in Hong Kong is also a key part of the company's expansion plan in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Senior Consultant Mr Robin Auld, who has experience in managing large-scale, complex projects such as Opera Australia and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

     "It was clear that in order to deliver the best possible service to the WKCD Authority, we needed a base in Hong Kong," Mr Auld said. "In addition to the enhanced service we can provide to the black box project, the office also offers us the opportunity for wider expansion into the region. Hong Kong is the perfect hub for a business looking to develop into Asia-Pacific markets, and we believe that Asia offers us an excellent opportunity to secure growth for the company."

     Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion Mr Andrew Davis welcomed the opening of Theatreplan's first overseas office in Hong Kong. He said, "Hong Kong has a thriving arts scene. Apart from the WKCD, there are a lot of different arts developments including private-sector initiatives going on in Hong Kong, plus a growing cluster of art collectors and high-net-worth individuals providing business opportunities for foreign investors in the global art business."

About Theatreplan

     Based in London, Theatreplan is a world-class theatre consultancy practice with an international profile. Its portfolio of world-renowned venues includes the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the Barbican Theatre in London, the Copenhagen Opera House and Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. The company creates performance spaces of all types, ranging from large-scale opera houses to middle-scale drama theatres, small-scale school and studio theatres, concert halls, conference spaces, adaptable spaces and cabaret rooms. For more information, please visit

About Invest Hong Kong

     Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government established in July 2000 to take responsibility for foreign direct investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It provides free advice and customised services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong's vibrant economy. As of June 2014, InvestHK had completed over 3 300 investment projects creating more than 36 400 new jobs in the first year of operation or expansion and over HK$88 billion of investment. For more information, please visit

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Ends/Monday, November 24, 2014
Issued at HKT 11:43


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