The Last Days of Limehouse

July/August 2014
Written by Jeremy Tiang
Directed by Kumiko Mendl & Gary Merry

Few people today know there was once a thriving Chinatown in London’s East End. Yellow Earth’s recent production took audiences on a journey into this forgotten world…

It started in Limehouse in 1958 when the local council was 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 took you into the heart of London’s original Chinatown to exploding the lurid myths of opium dens and sinister Chinese gangs, to reveal a place that was for generations of people, simply home.

The production of The Last Days of Limehouse was accompanied by an Exhibition of photos, an interactive website and a downloadable audio tour to discover the fascinating history of Limehouse Chinatown. Find out more here.

Presented in association with Half Moon Theatre



Cast Jonathan Chan, Sara Houghton, Matthew Leonhart, Amanda Maud & Gabby Wong
Writer Jeremy Tiang
Director Kumiko Mendl & Gary Merry
Design Moi Tran
Music Ruth Chan
Lighting Pablo Fernandez Baz
Projection & Video 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


enjoyable, rough-and-ready, heartfelt show … a piece that is made with love and acted with real vigour  Lyn Gardner.

The Guardian***

“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!"