Stage June Fourth, supported by Amnesty International UK, presents

May 35th

by Candace Chong Mui Ngam,
translated by S. Y. Li*
29 MAY - 1 JUN 2024

Ticket Prices:
£28 Standard / £22.50 Concessions


It is past midnight on May 35th. Armed with a dated map of Tiananmen Square, a candle and some matchsticks, a cleaner’s work permit, and a family secret buried for over 30 years, an elderly couple is getting ready to commit the bravest act yet.

Based on interviews and real life stories of parents who lost their children at the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, May 35th is a moving story about an elderly couple’s dying wish to hold a proper ritual for their son in the same place where he was murdered by the state 35 years ago.

Previously, this award-winning play opened to SOLD OUT theatres in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

This global premiere of the English translation, presented with support from Amnesty International UK, commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests.

FREE Post-Show Q&A Events

There will be a post-show discussion after selected performances with invited guests. Details to be announced later. Entry will be free with a ticket to that evening’s show.


Theatre: Main Space

Wed – Sat: 7.45pm

Thu & Sat: 2.30pm

Running Time: 90 mins

No interval and no re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production contains strong language and descriptions of violent injury and death.

Recommended for ages 14+.

There will be a post-show discussion after selected performances with invited guests. Details to be announced later. Entry will be free with a ticket to that evening’s show.

The Company

Kim Pearce
Alex Sham Mui Sun*
Ming Wai Lit
Sweet Salad*
Hong Kong-style Pineapple Bun with Butter*
Lily Chan*
Patricia Gilvaia
Ah Lam Rutherford*

* Please note that all names marked with asterisks are pseudonyms used by artists due to the political risk for their families.

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May 35th

at Venue: Elephant SE11

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