Ustinov Studio

Wild Goose Dreams

by Hansol Jung, directed by Michael Boyd
  • 21 November - 21 December
Wild Goose Dreams

Event Information

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Thurs & Sat Matinees: 2.30pm

Post Show Discussion: Thus 5 Dec after evening performance

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes

No performance info available

★★★★”A funny and sensitive story of lonely hearts in Seoul… Hansol Jung’s thoughtful and funny play, brought to life with flair by Michael Boyd” Guardian

★★★★ “All eight actors are excellent, the production values are high… it is refreshing to see a work that sheds light upon a culture about which many of us know very little” StageTalk Magazine

★★★★ “Fascinating, innovative drama… London Kim and Chuja Seo convey their characters with remarkable intensity, both separately and as a yearning couple” Bristol Post

“Clever and multi-faceted production, crowded with ideas and chock-full of captivating and well-balanced performances” British Theatre Guide

“A good play that offers some real insight into two extraordinary countries… an excellent showcase for a phenomenal cast” Whatsonstage

“A strikingly original drama that conveys the harsh reality of oppressive regimes through the intimacy of one couple” Bath Chronicle

“Under Michael Boyd’s direction the pace is tight and the Ustinov has produced yet another interesting UK premiere well worth seeing” Western Daily Press

Michael Boyd directs Hansol Jung’s fascinating and unforgettable twenty-first century love story.

Two lonely people from two divided cultures meet on an online dating site. Guk Minsung is a “goose father”, a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America in search of a better life. Yoo Nanhee is a young defector from North Korea, haunted by memories of the father she left behind.

The would-be lovers struggle to find quiet intimacy and genuine connection in a clamorous digital world where tenderness and touch have been replaced by likes and shares.

Featuring a chorus, music and a penguin, this is a lyrical, darkly humorous and strikingly original play which receives its UK premiere in the Ustinov Studio direct from an acclaimed off-Broadway run.

Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea whose other works include Cardboard Piano, Among the Dead and No More Sad Things.

Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2002 to 2012, Michael Boyd’s recent productions include Tamburlaine for the RSC and The Open House, Right Now and The Big Meal at the Ustinov Studio.

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Thurs & Sat Matinees: 2.30pm

Post Show Discussion: Thus 5 Dec after evening performance

Tickets: £23.50 / £18.50 Discounts

Preview Performances 21 – 26 Nov Press Performance on 27 Nov and Mondays: All seats £15

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies


by Hansol Jung

Directed by Michael Boyd

JESSIE BAEK                     – Heejin/Ensemble

JON CHEW                         – Ensemble

RICK KIESEWETTER    – Father/Ensemble

LONDON KIM                   – Guk Minsung

VINCENT LAI                    – Man/Ensemble

CHUJA SEO                        – Yoo Nanhee

MOMO YEUNG                 – Wife/Ensemble

CRYSTAL YU                     – Woman/Ensemble

Designer – Jean Chan

Lighting Design – Colin Grenfell

Casting Director – Ginny Schiller CDG

Wild Goose Dreams is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company

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