Discover life in London’s original Chinatown…
Few people today know there was once a thriving Chinatown in London’s East End. Yellow Earth’s new production will take you on a journey into this forgotten world...
It starts in Limehouse in 1958 when the local council is planning to bulldoze the last remnants of Limehouse Chinatown. As the local people decide how to embrace this redevelopment without losing their heritage, former Limehouse resident Eileen Cunningham returns to start a revolution....
This promenade production at historic Limehouse Town Hall takes you into the heart of London’s original Chinatown, exploding the lurid myths of opium dens and sinister Chinese gangs, to reveal a place that was for generations of people, simply home.
“an undeniably interesting and enlightening show..... lots of charm ….. a strong ensemble cast” Time Out ***
“The central cast is excellent…. perhaps the most notable character here is Limehouse Chinatown itself, and the company have done an excellent job of portraying both the area as it was and, through yearning projected video footage, how little of it still exists.... The scene set in the hall, where objections to council plans are passionately debated as they were in the very same room half a century before, is an especially powerful example of generation-spanning magic at play in this masterpiece of evocative historical storytelling.”
"An excellent play, well-performed, interestingly staged, funny, melancholy and touching all at once. Highly recommended!"
Wed 16 July – Sun 3 August
Wed-Sat 7.30pm Sun 5pm
Tickets £15 Concessions £10
Groups of 10 or more £10ea (Book by phone only)
Special family friendly performances
In this special interactive performance for children and families, come and meet Limehouse Chinatown characters from the past - Stanley Lo the Sailor, Francis Foong the Sunday School Teacher and Johnny the Chef. Find out what Pukka Pu was and have a Chinese lesson with Mrs Foong.
Saturdays 19 & 26 July and 2 August 3pm All tickets £6
Limehouse Town Hall
646 Commercial Road E14 7HA
5min walk from Limehouse DLR station
Tickets are available from the Half Moon Theatre
Telephone 020 7709 8900 Open 10am – 6pm Mon to Fri
Book Online www.halfmoon.org.uk
Tickets may also be purchased for cash only at Limehouse Town Hall from 30mins before each performance.
This is a promenade performance so remember to wear comfortable shoes. It lasts 90minutes. There are approximately 20 steps up to the main performance area.
To accompany our production of The Last Days of Limehouse, we have much more on offer including an Exhibition of photos, an interactive website and your own downloadable audio tour to help you discover the fascinating history of Limehouse Chinatown. Fine out more here
With Jonathan Chan, Sara Houghton, Matthew Leonhart, Amanda Maud & Gabby Wong
Written by Jeremy Tiang
Directed by Kumiko Mendl & Gary Merry
Design by Moi Tran
Music by Ruth Chan
Lighting by Pablo Fernandez Baz
Projection & Video by Eva Auster
Yellow Academy Ensemble Emiko Jane Ishii, Emma Chung Yi Lau, Rita Tsang , Jean Tan , Philip Law, Shihua Bai,
William Kwan, Yiu Fai Choi, Zheng Chi, Lloyd Li
Presented in association with Half Moon Theatre
This news item was posted on: Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
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