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By Jovanni Sy
Directed by Craig Hall
A co-production with Vertigo Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

A stylish murder mystery set in 1920s colonial Hong Kong.

April 12 - 21, 2018 • MainStage

In 1924 Kowloon, a killer is on the loose. Tommy Lam, Hong Kong’s most brilliant police detective, is brought on to investigate. Constantly overlooked by his English supervisors, Tommy feels he has something to prove on this case. The leading suspect, however, is Victor Fung, the son of one of the wealthiest families in Asia. A cat-and-mouse game ensues between Tommy and his mysterious nemesis.

Gateway Theatre is proud to present the World Premiere of this powerful new play by our Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. With Nine Dragons, Jovanni has created a riveting crime drama that will satisfy lovers of classic mysteries and detective stories.

Nine Dragons is also a compelling exploration of race and prejudice in a colonial society. On the surface, Tommy Lam is obsessed with tracking down a killer in his native Kowloon. In immersing himself in the opulent and lurid world of Victor Fung, however, Tommy finds himself investigating the mystery of his own identity.

"Nine Dragons looks (with video design by Jamie Nesbitt, sets by Scott Reid and lights by Anton de Groot) and sounds (courtesy of Andrew Blizzard) as beautiful as it does sinister." - Globe and Mail

"There’s no question it will impress but I’m eagerly waiting for the time it will be turned into a movie for television." - Calgary Herald


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Special Performances & Events

Friday, April 13, 2018 - Post-show
Opening Night

Celebrate the opening Nine Dragons with the artists after the show along with refreshments and cake! BUY NOW

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Gateway Forum: Colonialism at Work: Hong Kong in the 1920s
Guest lecturer: Dr. Leo K. Shin, University of British Columbia

Join us for an engaging and interesting discussion before the Sunday Matinee. BUY NOW

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Surtitled Matinee

This performance of Nine Dragons will have Traditional Chinese and English surtitles. BUY NOW

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Tea Matinee

Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and cake before the show generously provided by Gilmore Gardens & Courtyard Gardens, and Anna's Cake House. BUY NOW

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Post-show
Talkback Thursday

Join us for an intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team! BUY NOW

Cast & Creative

SCOTT BELLIS as Paul Beverly Director CRAIG HALL
DANIEL CHEN as Victor Fung Set Design SCOTT REID
NATASCHA GIRGIS as Mary Weir Costume Designer DEITRA KALYN
TOBY HUGHES as Sean Heaney Projection Design JAMIE NESBITT
DUVAL LANG as Nigel Dunston-Smith Lighting Design ANTON DE GROOT
JOHN NG as Tommy Lam Sound Designer and Original Music ANDREW BLIZZARD
  Voice & Dialiect Consultant JANE MACFARLANE
  Cantonese Translations DEREK CHAN
  Stage Manager MICHAEL HOWARD
  Assistant Stage Manager RONAYE HAYNES
  Fight Director KARL SINE


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