Rehearsals for Chinglish playing at the Park Theatre from the 22nd March have begun. Here is an insight into what has been happening in rehearsals… 

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Andrew Keates (director). (c) Richard Davenport for The Other Richard.

Andrew Keates directs this European premiere production of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, which sees the writer return to the Park Theatre following the successful production of Yellow Face, which played at the theatre in 2013 and the National Theatre in 2014.

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Gyuri Sarossy in rehearsals for Chinglish (c) Richard Davenport for The Other Richard.

Daniel, an American, wants to open up China for his business. There are only three things standing in his way: he can’t speak the language, he can’t learn the customs, and he’s falling in love with the one woman he can’t have.

The production will star Gyuri Sarossy, Candy Ma, Lobo Chan, Duncan Harte, Siu-See Hung, Windson Liong and Minhee Yeo.

Chinglish in Rehearsals at Park Theatre
Windson Liong, Lobo Chan and Candy Ma. (c) Richard Davenport for The Other Richard.

Talking about the cast that has been assembled for the production, producer Tim Johanson said: “So much of the joy of Chinglish hinges on East-West mis-translation, so we’re delighted to have assembled such a talented group of bilingual actors.”

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The cast in rehearsal. (c) Richard Davenport for The Other Richard.

Meanwhile, David Henry Hwang said: “I’m thrilled that Chinglish will receive its European premiere at the Park Theatre, who did such an excellent production of my play Yellow Face. America’s current political turmoil only serves to strengthen China’s power and influence, which perhaps makes this play even more timely than when it first ran on Broadway.”

Chinglish will play at the Park Theatre from the 22nd March until the 22nd April. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/chinglish/about

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