MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

“Visually arresting, admirably unflinching depiction of an extraordinary real-life success story”
The Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Chappell’s script is a triumph, showcasing not only strong women, but strong East Asian women..immensely moving, humbling and inspiring story.”
The Reviews Hub ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A remarkable production that combines a cleverly structured script with outstanding performances and an impressive  set to tell a compelling story of one woman’s life”
Manchester Theatre Award ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Royal Exchange Theatre, Yellow Earth and Black Theatre Live co-production.

By In-Sook Chappell. Directed by Jennifer Tang.   Based on the memoir Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse

I invited you into my past… And you invited me into your future.

Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing. Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets of Hong Kong, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into a past of shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.

This evocative new play by award winning writer In-Sook Chappell, tells the extraordinary story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin. Based on Helen Tse’s bestselling family memoir of three generations held together with one lifeline- food.

“A gripping tale of struggle, laughter, love and food… with a universal story of survival that will move your soul” Celebrity Chef Ken Hom on Sweet Mandarin


22 Mar – 7 April Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH | 0161 8339833

18 – 21 Apr Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX | 020 8279 1080

24 – 25 Apr Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1P33 1QR | 01284 769 505

27 – 28 Apr Lighthouse, Poole
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG | 01202 280 000

1 – 2 May Key Theatre, Peterborough
Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF | 01733 207 239

5 May Theatre Royal Margate
Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW | 01843 292 795

10 – 12 May Derby Theatre
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF | 01332 593 939

16 – 19 May Watford Palace Theatre
20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ | 01923 225 671

21 – 23 May Sheffield Crucible Theatre
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1AD | 0114 249 6000

24 – 25 May Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS | 01434 652 477

30 May – 2 June Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS | 024 7655 3055


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  1. Murder, poverty, gambling and gangsters - the incredible family saga behind Manchester's Sweet Mandarin restaurant | News This Morning

    February 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    […] Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, from March 22 to April 7, before touring the UK. You can find a full list of dates and book tickets here […]

  2. March events 2018 | London Korean Links

    March 9, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    […] Manchester, In-sook Chappell’s play Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok opens on 22 March, before touring across […]

  3. MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok | China West Midlands

    May 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    […] Jennifer Tang talks about directing In-Sook Chappell’s new play. How has your background as a director prepared you for Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok? Most of my previous work has been directing new writing as well as working closely with writers to develop their scripts, and so it has been a joy to collaborate with In-Sook through this process. I trained at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth as their Resident Assistant Director a few years ago (the Drum is a new writing theatre) and that really helped to hone my dramaturgical and script-reading skills. Having said that, I think, in a way, each production I direct is a new experience. Read the full article at:   Other sources: […]

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