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Comic family drama celebrates 25 years
Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced the cast for its new production of East is East, due to open in September 2021.
Leading the cast are Tony Jayawardena as George and Sophie Stanton as Ella. The rest of the cast is completed by Amy-Leigh Hickman as Meenah, Irvine Iqbal as Mr Shah/Dr, Adonis Jenieco as Saleem, Rachel Lumberg as Annie, Noah Manzoor as Sajit, Joeravar Sangha as Maneer, Gurjeet Singh as Tariq and Assad Zaman as Abdul.
Directed by the Rep's associate director Iqbal Khan, the show, which plays at the theatre's main house between September 3-25, is the 25th anniversary production of East is East which was premiered at Birmingham Rep in 1996.
Written by Ayub Khan-Din, the classic comedy-drama of the British-Asian experience in the 1970s went on to become a huge success on stage and was also turned into a hit film with Om Puri, Linda Bassett and Jimi Mistry. The story focuses on George Khan who wants to raise his family the proper Pakistani way but hasn't counted on the distractions of 70s Salford. Abdul and Tariq aren't ready to be married off, Saleem is pushing artistic boundaries, Meenah's skirt is too short and Sajit just wants to hide in his parka. Can mum Ella keep the family together?
Joining director Iqbal Khan on the creative team are Bretta Gerecke (set, projection and lighting design), Susan Kulkarni (costume design), Felix Dubs (composer), Jon Nicholls (sound design), Stuart Burt CDG (casting), Natasha Kathi-Chandra (associate director) and Max White (video associate).
East Is East will play at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 3-25 September. Tickets are from £12.50 and are on sale now at www.birmingham-rep.co.uk