Not only are we thrilled to open MOUNTAINS: THE DREAMS OF LILY KWOK in our Studio Theatre, we’re delighted at the huge amount of support the play has gained from both donors and businesses in Manchester and beyond.

This co-production with Yellow Earth and Black Theatre Live is based on Helen Tse’s family memoir, SWEET MANDARIN, and recounts the inspirational true story of the generations of women behind the famous Manchester restaurant. We even see the restaurant’s famous dish, Mabel’s Chicken Pot, cooked live on stage.


The Royal Exchange Theatre has produced an ambitious programme of work for over 40 years, and as a registered charity, fundraising is vital to supporting our work both on and off stage. For MOUNTAINS, the Royal Exchange and Helen and Lisa Tse invited individuals and companies to work together to support the production.

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (HKETO) is sponsoring the production whilst it is at the Royal Exchange and its subsequent UK Tour. Priscilla To, Director-General of the HKETO, said:

“We are pleased to be supporting this play portraying the lives of three generations of women as their family moves from Hong Kong to Manchester. It is a bittersweet tale of finding oneself, of trials and tribulations overcome by valour, determination and familial love. It is a classic and moving tale highlighting the resilience, resourcefulness and indefatigability that characterises Hong Kong people.”

The show has also gained support from TG Green Teas, the Hertfordshire-based bottled tea start-up, from Gerry Yeung OBE DL the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, and from JMW Solicitors, a Manchester-based law firm who pride themselves on their high standard of client experience.

MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok is at The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre from 22 March – 7 April, before a UK tour.



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