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Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde’s tour of Taiwan starts tonight at the National Theater in Taipei. It will then move to Tainan, Taichung and Kaohsiung. For more information, visit

■ National Theater, Taipei City

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$1,200 to NT$5,800, available online at, by calling (07) 780-9900 or from 7-Eleven ibon and Family Mart (全家) FamiPort kiosks

In Wu Liao (吳聊) Chinese cross-talk (相聲) master Wu Jau-nan (吳兆南) returns to the stage with a stellar cast of comedians including Fan Kuang-yao (樊光耀), Hou Kuan-chun (侯冠群) and Ann Lang (郎祖筠).

■ Taipei Zhongshan Hall (台北中山堂), 98 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City (台北市延平南路98號)

■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,200, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Divided into four parts and composed by five choreographers, Liao-mo-shi Dance Theater’s (廖末喜舞蹈劇場) Taiwan Women (台妹) drew inspiration from the true love story of Hakka novelist Chung Li-ho (鍾理和) and his wife Chung Tai-mei (鍾台妹).

■ Crown Art Center Theater (皇冠小劇場), 50, Ln 120, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路120巷50號)

■ Tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$350, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Irma la Douce (巴黎花街) by Godot Theatre (果陀劇場) tells the story of a laid-off cop who falls in love with a prostitute named Irma la Douce, after the pair meet at a seedy bar in 1960s Paris. The ex-cop becomes La Douce’s pimp and gradually loses all sense of reality as he becomes increasingly jealous of her clients.

■ Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台), 25 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段25號)



MacBeth (馬克白) takes its brand of potent post-punk indie rock to Roxy Roots in Taipei tomorrow. Though still a relative newcomer to the music scene, the band has been winning fans with its playful, high-energy sound.

Singer/guitarist Howie Yu (余昊益) offers a succinct description of his band: “A little pop but very cool.” MacBeth relies heavily on familiar verse-chorus-verse rock ‘n’ roll knockout punches, but is doing that better than just about any other band in Taiwan.

Expect lots of big rock guitar sounds and blustering synths set to quirky rhythms. The group’s influences include Bloc Party, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Gang of Four, and the band cites Joy Division as its prime inspiration.

MacBeth will be joined by Tip Toe Topic, a rock duo hailing from Belgium. Saar van de Leest delivers smooth vocals, keyboard and clarinet atop an eclectic mix of Elko Blijweert’s drum loops and guitar.

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▲MacBeth and Tip Toe Topic at Roxy Roots, 90 Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路90號)

▲Tomorrow at 10 pm

▲Admission is NT$300, NT$200 of which can be used to purchase food or drink

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$2,500, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

The Treasure Village (又一村), Comedians Workshop’s (相聲瓦舍) newest Mandarin stand-up production, is composed of two stories. In the first, the residents of a veterans’ villages, or juan cun (眷村), dream of getting rich by digging up ancient Chinese treasures, while the second story takes its inspiration from Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s 1921 novel In a Grove.

■ Novel Hall (新舞臺), 3 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路3號)

■ Tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$12,00, available through ERA ticketing or online at

Classical music

The King’s Singers 2010 (2010國王歌手演唱會) presents the now-legendary a cappella group in a concert that ranges across the musical landscape, from works by William Byrd to Swimming Over London, taken from its most recent album.

■ Wednesday at 7:30pm

■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$500 to NT$3,000, available from ERA ticketing or online at

NSO Chamber Music — Swinging Bach (NSO室內樂系列 — 搖?? has four members of the NSO performing with the Stacey Wei Jazz Quartet (魏廣爵士四重奏) in a concert of music taken from the works of JS Bach.

■ Today at 7:30pm

■ National Recital Hall, Taipei City

■ Tickets are NT$400, available from NTCH ticketing or online at

Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Kirishima Festival Cellisten (日本國寶堤剛大提琴饗宴) is a concert by one of Japan’s most esteemed cellists, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, who will be performing with Takashi Asahi, principal cellist of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Yunosuke Yamamoto, a former principal cellist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Janet Chien (簡荿玄), principal cellist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (台北市立交響樂團). The program includes Mozart’s Overture From “Marriage of Figaro,” arranged for four cellos, Popper’s Suite for Two Cellos, Bach’s Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello and Haydn’s Concerto in C Major.

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