Until 2 June 2018

A play about a famous Manchester Chinese restaurant is currently touring in the UK.

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok tells the tale of the women behind Manchester’s Sweet Mandarin restaurant.

Based on the family memoir by Helen Tse, the play is written by In-Sook Chappell and is directed by Jennifer Tang.

The play follows the extraordinary life of Lily Kwok, from her childhood working in a silk factory, to the murder of her father, to the escape to the UK that separated her from her children.

According to the press release, “Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing. When she visits her grandmother’s birthplace in Hong Kong for the first time, she’s determined to find out who she really is and where she belongs.”

“Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into her past, discovering shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.”

What’s more, Sweet Mandarin’s Mabel’s Chicken Pot will be cooked live onstage.

Siu-See Hung will star as Helen Tse and Tina Chiang will play Lily Kwok. Other actors include Ruth Gibson, Andy Kettu, Matthew Leonhart, Rina Takasaki and Minhee Yeo.

Tour dates

27 – 28 Apr                   Lighthouse, Poole
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk | 01202 280 000


1 – 2 May                       Key Theatre, Peterborough
Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF
www.vivacity-peterborough.com | 01733 207 239


5 May                           Theatre Royal Margate
Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW
www.theatreroyalmargate.com | 01843 292 795


10 – 12 May                   Derby Theatre
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF
www.derbytheatre.co.uk | 01332 59 39 39


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


21 – 23 May                   Sheffield Crucible Theatre
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield,  S1 1AD
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk | 0114 249 6000

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.