To mark the 25th anniversary of the play, a new production of East is East is coming to the National Theatre, following a critically acclaimed stint at Birmingham Rep. Iqbal Khan (Othello, Macbeth), who directed the 2009 revival of the play in the main house at Birmingham Rep, once again directs.
The production is reopening the National's Lyttelton Theatre, which had been repurposed as a film studio for pandemic productions including its Sky Arts collaboration on Romeo and Juliet, starring Josh O'Connor and Jessie Buckley.
Set in Salford in the early 1970s, East is East is centred on the Khan family home, where Pakistani-born patriarch George Khan (Tony Jayawardena) is hell-bent on raising his family in accordance with traditional Pakistani values, while his white British wife Ella (Sophie Stanton) has adopted a more liberal approach. Then there’s his teenage children, who each have their own agendas. Abdul (Assad Zama) and Tariq (Gurjeet Singh) aren’t yet interested in marriage, while Saleem (Adonis Jenieco) is pushing artistic boundaries, Meenah (Amy Leigh Hickman) is wearing a skirt too short for her father’s liking and Sajit (Noah Manzoor) is avoiding conflict from beneath the hood of his parka.
East is East comes to the National Theatre this October for a limited three-week run.
|East is East, National Theatre
|National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP
07 Oct 21 – 30 Oct 21, Performances at 7:30pm with additional 2:30pm matinees
|£20 - £89
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