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Casting announced for Summer Rolls at Park Theatre

Summer Rolls

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Summer Rolls by acclaimed writer and actor Tuyen Do. The first British-Vietnamese play to be staged in the UK, it runs at Park Theatre (Park90) from June 19 to July 13, 2019.

The line up includes Anna Nguyen (Mai/Daughter), Linh-Dan Pham (as Mother), Kwong Loke (Father), Michael Phong Le (Anh/Son), David Lee Jones (Mr Dinh), Keon Martial-Phillip (David) and Christopher Nguyen (Young Anh/Son). Kristine Landon-Smith directs.

Tuyet Huynh for VanThanh Productions said: “It’s not often that we, as British East Asian, get to see ourselves represented on stage so we are excited to be championing these exceptional British East Asian actors to a new audience at Park Theatre.”

Linh-Dan Phamas’ theatre credits include: international productions such as The Buddha In The Attic (Festival D’Avignon), Les Justes D’Albert Camus (Théâtre du Chêne Noir), Crossing Rockaway Parkway (The Sanford Meisner Theatre) and Wills & Secession (Fort Canning Theatre).

Kwong Loke’s many theatre credits include: Pah-La and You For Me For You (Royal Court), The Great Wave (National Theatre), Labour of Love (Noel Coward Theatre), Dear Elizabeth (Gate Theatre), You Never Touched Dirt (Royal Court at Edinburgh), The Lulu Plays (Almeida Theatre), Hiawatha (Bristol Old Vic), Global Baby Factory (Yellow Earth Theatre), The Changeling (Finborough Theatre) and The Soldier’s Tale (Southbank Centre).

Anna Nguyen trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at the Brit School. Summer Rolls is her theatrical debut.

Michael Phong Le’s theatre credits include: Forgotten (Arcola Theatre/Theatre Royal Plymouth) and The Autumn of Han (Red Dragonfly Productions). He wrote and performed his own play Khon, which won the Taking Flight Festival and will be transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

David Lee Jones’ theatre credits include: critically acclaimed #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead Theatre), Skin in Flames (Park Theatre), and both national and international tours of Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It (The Festival Players).

Keon Martial-Phillip’s theatre credits include: Pool (no water) (Royal Court) and Children of Killers (Orange Tree Theatre). Summer Rolls is his first full theatrical production.

Christopher Nguyen’s screen credits include: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Next Time, Healthy and various commercials. Summer Rolls marks his theatrical debut.

Summer Rolls is a sweeping family saga that examines the Nguyen family’s life in Britain. The work explores the themes of identity, the relationship between first and second-generation immigrant families and the differences of perspective and outlook that separate parents and offspring.

Read more about Summer Rolls.