Experience London’s Chinese history “on location” in Limehouse – The Last Days of Limehouse [live show]

It’s rare to see theatre pieces in the UK about the Chinese experience of life and featuring Chinese actors. So I’m excited that Yellow Earth Theatre are putting on The Last Days of Limehouse,  a live drama about the Chinese community in Limehouse, London’s original Chinatown.

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From the Half Moon Theatre website, with thanks


It is a promenade show, which means that it different scenes are enacted in different locations and the audience moves from place to place as the story progresses. The show starts at Limehouse Town Hall where it dramatizes a town hall meeting that took place in 1958 in that very same building. From there, the story will unfold in different locations around Limehouse.

I have got tickets to see the show and I’m looking forward to what will hopefully be an evocative experience.


From the Yellow Earth theatre website, with thanks

Here is more about the show from the Yellow Earth website:

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.

The following info about the show is from the Half Moon Theatre where you can get tickets:

Show Details

The Last Days of Limehouse

Dates: 16/07/14 – 3/08/14
Times: Wed-Sat 7.30pm. Sun 5pm. Family Friendly performances 3pm.
Running Time: 90 mins (family friendly performances 60 mins)
Age Range: 12+ (6+ for special family friendly performances)

**Please note this production will not take place at Half Moon, but at Limehouse Town Hall.**

Few people today know there was once a Chinatown in London’s East End.  Come and see our latest show The Last Days of Limehouse and follow Yellow Earth on a journey into this forgotten world.




Yang-May Ooi is an award-winning TEDx speaker, bestselling author, story performer and coach. Her work uses the power of personal narrative to help creatives and others grow into confident, collaborative leaders. She is currently rehearsing a one woman story performance, Bound Feet Blues, which will be showcased in London’s West End in Oct 2014.

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