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Cast announced for UK premiere of Kim’s Convenience at Park Theatre

Casting has been confirmed for the UK premiere of Kim’s Convenience at Park Theatre.

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The London venue will present the stage play which spawned the beloved hit Netflix sitcom of the same name from 8 January – 10 February 2024.

Penned by the acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and actor Ins Choi, this comedic drama presents a touching and humorous story of a Korean family operating a convenience store. The play will debut at Park Theatre in Park200, marking its premiere to audiences beyond Canada and the US.

Ins Choi, who originally portrayed Mr. Kim’s son on stage, comes full circle as he takes on the role of Mr. Kim (Appa), the family’s diligent and honourable head. He confronts the evolving dynamics of his neighbourhood and the widening gap between his own immigrant principles and the modern perspectives of his second-generation offspring.

Esther Jun, who also has a long history with the play, having been cast in the original, returns this time to direct the five strong cast which for the UK production also includes Namju Go, Jennifer Kim, Brian Law and Miles Mitchell.

Ins, whose own experiences growing up in a family-run convenience store inspired the play, said: “My family arrived in Canada in 1975 in search of freedom, with just two hundred dollars, three kids and a lot of hope.

“My father worked at my uncle’s convenience store by day and went to English speaking language classes by night while my mother took care of me and my two older sisters. This story is my love letter to my parents and to all first generation immigrants who have made the country they have settled in their home.”

Esther Jun added: “I have been involved with Kim’s Convenience in some shape or form for nearly 20 years and to finally bring it to London, where I learned my craft as a director is extra meaningful. There is so much love and history in this story. The simple genius of this play is how it continues to resonate for different cultures and ages at different times in people’s lives. It’s a true generational play with so much heart, truth and laughter. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.”

Adam Blanshay Productions and Park Theatre present the production which has set & costume design by Mona Camille, lighting design by Jonathan Chan and sound design and composition by Holly Khan. The production manager is Pete Rickards for eStage, company stage manager Reuben Bojang and assistant stage manager Jinwen Chen.

For more information and tickets, visit parktheatre.co.uk

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.