The Golden Dragon

Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth and ATC
Supported by The Goethe Institut London

Written by

Roland Schimmelpfennig



What happens behind closed doors? 

In the kitchen of your local takeaway restaurant, for example. There are people who you may only see for a brief moment, people you might not even consider. All the intricacies of their lives are playing out in that one space; their relationships, identities, hopes and experiences. What if you could find out more? 

The Golden Dragon centres on an Asian restaurant located somewhere in central Europe. Against a background of exotic orders and swiftly changing images, the story follows the lives of 15 people who live and work almost on top of one another in a modern, multi-ethnic community. It’s a playful fable of modern life and migration that whisks you from your local takeaway to East Asia and back, revealing what really goes into that bowl of spicy soup!

The company of five actors each play a series of characters with different genders, ethnicities and wildly different ages. The result is a funny, fast paced drama that tackles a topical issue like migration but doesn’t hit you over the head with journalistic rights and wrongs of the situation.

Written by the multi-award-winning Roland Schimmelpfennig, The Golden Dragon is our latest collaboration with one of the Country’s most exciting new writing companies, ATC following our production of Eurydice.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
12th - 28th May 2011

Holt Festival
29th July 2011

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
4th - 28th August 2011

Arcola, London
1st - 24th September 2011

Northwall, Oxford
29th - 30th September 2011

Quarterhouse, Folkestone
1st October 2011

Manchester Royal Exchange
4th - 8th October 2011

Truck Theatre, Hull
13th - 14th October 2011

Bristol Old Vic
18th - 22nd October 2011

National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai
10th January 2012

National School of Drama Festival, New Delhi
12th January 2012

Jagriti Theatre, Bangalore
13th - 29th January

International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Kerala
2nd February 2012



It’s served up with copious helpings of inventive wit and a fantastically chewy conceit
The Telegraph

This is an unflashy and often quietly surprising piece of theatre that treats a familiar subject in a new way. If, like a bowl of surprisingly spicy soup it only offers a real punch in the last few mouthfuls, its intelligence and thoughtfulness is apparent, not least in the actors’ performances.
Lyn Gardner - The Guardian

The ATC/Drum production of David Tushingham’s translation is rather absorbing. A touching evocation of global migrants, an essay on globalised deracination, the
shifts and abuses of poverty in hidden communities
The Times


A Man Over 60
David Beames

A Young Man
Adam Best

A Woman Over 60
Ann Firbank

A Young Woman
Kathryn O’Reilly


Creative Team

Ramin Gray

Aesthetic Inspiration
Johannes Schütz

Associate Designer
Natasha Piper

Lighting Designer
Stephen Andrews

Musical Arrangement
Zenghui Qiu

Sound Designer
Alexander Caplen

Casting Director
Julia Horan CDG

Assistant Director
Nick Bruckman

Company Stage Manager
Jess Banks