A Nottingham Playhouse and Northern Stage co-production

East is East

By Ayub Khan Din

Thursday 25 May - Saturday 10 June 2017

Main House - Tickets: £32 - £8

Age 14+ (contains strong language) - Running time: Approx 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)

Details

A brand new production of the Olivier Award-winning comedy that went on to become a BAFTA-nominated film sensation, starring Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street’s Janice Battersby).

“Impressively energetic and meticulously staged”

The Stage ★★★★

“Strikes a balance between comedy and drama that feels distinct from the film’s farcical tone, and is all the more engaging”

The Times ★★★★

Chip shop owner George has his work cut out as head of the Khan household. Back in George’s homeland, Pakistan, a father rules the house; but in 1970s Salford, as Britain evolves and rebels, his teenage children are proving quite the challenge.

Sajit still has his ‘tickle-tackle’ and refuses to take his parka off. Saleem is meant to be studying engineering but is in fact drawing nude women as part of a Foundation Art course. And Abdul and Tariq are doing everything they can to avoid marrying the wealthy Mr Shah’s… hefty… daughters.

Amidst chain-smoking and rounds of tea, George’s English wife Ella tries to keep the peace between the man she loves and the children who are desperately trying to find their own way in a rapidly changing world. Will Sajit ever come out of the coal shed? Can curry powder really hide the smell of contraband bacon? And what has really happened to George and Ella’s eldest son, Nazir?

With parkas, space hoppers, fish and chips, this modern comedy classic shares the joy, chaos and love of 70s family life.

“East is East contains one of modern theatre’s truly great scenes… with so much emotion and humour so tightly packed… Cracking stuff. Don’t miss it.”
British Theatre Guide

Post Show Discussion – Wed 31 May

With director Suba Das and members of the cast.

Praise for the East is East script

“Brilliantly alive in its verbal comedy”
The Independent

“One of the great pleasures of the play is the way, whatever your cultural background, it tells the truth about family life and the way that love and hate are bound together.”
The Guardian

“Spikily amusing…bittersweet observations on the contradictions inherent in bringing Pakistani culture to the shivering streets of Salford.”
Time Out

Group Visits

Groups of 8 or more can save 20% on all performances of East is East. Book now by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Cast and Creative Team

Ella Vicky Entwistle
George Kammy Darweish
Sajit Viraj Juneja
Meenah Sabrina Sandhu
Abdul Simon Rivers
Tariq Omar Malik
Saleem Raj Bajaj
Maneer Deven Modha
Auntie Annie Judy Flynn
Doctor/Mr Shah Rez Kabir

Director Suba Das
Assistant Director Meghan Doyle
Set and Costume Designer Grace Smart
Lighting Designer Prema Mehta
Sound Designer Chris Bartholomew
Movement Director Lucy Cullingford
Fight Directors RC Annie

An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.

Dates & Times

East is East - Thu 25 May 7:45pm Thu 25 May Main House 7:45pm Preview £22 - £8 Book Now
East is East - Fri 26 May 7:45pm Fri 26 May Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Sat 27 May 7:45pm Sat 27 May Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Tue 30 May 7:00pm Tue 30 May Main House 7:00pm Press Night £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Wed 31 May 7:45pm Wed 31 May Main House 7:45pm Post Show Talk £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Thu 1 Jun 7:45pm Thu 1 Jun Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Fri 2 Jun 7:45pm Fri 2 Jun Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Sat 3 Jun 2:30pm Sat 3 Jun Main House 2:30pm Audio Described Performance £26 - £10 Book Now
East is East - Sat 3 Jun 7:45pm Sat 3 Jun Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Tue 6 Jun 7:45pm Tue 6 Jun Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Wed 7 Jun 7:45pm Wed 7 Jun Main House 7:45pm Audio Described Performance £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Thu 8 Jun 1:30pm Thu 8 Jun Main House 1:30pm £26 - £10 Book Now
East is East - Thu 8 Jun 7:45pm Thu 8 Jun Main House 7:45pm Captioned Performance Sign Interpreted £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Fri 9 Jun 7:45pm Fri 9 Jun Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now
East is East - Sat 10 Jun 7:45pm Sat 10 Jun Main House 7:45pm £32 - £12 Book Now

Reviews

“Unashamedly pays homage to the best known scenes in Damien O’Donnell’s 1999 film version… Overall, though, Das strikes a balance between comedy and drama that feels distinct from the film’s farcical tone, and is all the more engaging”
The Times ★★★★

“Impressively energetic and meticulously staged revival of a contemporary classic”
The Stage ★★★★

“East is East contains one of modern theatre’s truly great scenes with every character on stage, as the fiercely traditional Mr Shah arrives to complete the marriage arrangements. Almost every multi-cultural problem and every theme of the play combust in these ten minutes, in turn both riotously funny and almost uncomfortably tragic. I can think of few scenes with so much emotion and humour so tightly packed… Cracking stuff. Don’t miss it.”
British Theatre Guide

“A powerhouse performance”
Coronation Street Blog

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