Set on a dusty highway in the American Southwest, Bagdad Cafe tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two women thrown together by shared circumstance. German tourist Jasmin is stranded, having walked out on her husband at an isolated service station following an argument while crossing the desert. Here, she meets wary café and motel owner Brenda, who is ready to split from her own husband.
Left to right: Patrycja Kujawska, Sandra Marvin and Le Gateau Chocolat star in Bagdad Cafe at the Old Vic
Soon, an unexpected friendship begins to blossom, which leads to Brenda employing Jasmin in the café and the pair beginning to foster a colourful community bound by a shared love of music.
Kneehigh veteran Patrycja Kujawska (Dead Dog in a Suitcase, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips) who was last at the Old Vic in Rice’s Wise Children, plays Jasmin opposite Sandra Marvin’s (Romantics Anonymous, Waitress) Brenda.
Leading drag artist Le Gateau Chocolat, who electrified Emma Rice’s 2017 production of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe – and can be credited for drawing in a whole new audience to the historic theatre – is also performing.
Le Gateau Chocolat in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare' Globe, 2017
Pitched by the Old Vic as a celebration of togetherness, hope and friendship, this Bagdad Cafe also comes glazed in Rice’s signature touches of magical realism, heart-warming theatrics, song, dance and heaps of razzle-dazzle.
As a sign of commitment to its digital-first approach, Baghdad Cafe is being made available to stream online, from 25 – 28 August, as the seventh production of the Old Vic’s In Camera series, which has included a socially distanced revival of Duncan Macmillan's Lungs, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer and Stephen Beresford's Three Kings – each bolstered by a famous cast.
Baghdad Cafe follows on directly from Jeremy Herrin’s The Dumb Waiter starring David Thewlis and Daniel Mays, which opens the Old Vic’s auditorium to audiences for the first time in 16 months.
Bagdad Cafe is being performed in front of a live audience from Saturday 17 July - Saturday 21 August, tickets on sale HERE. Bagdad Cafe is being streamed live from the theatre to an audience at home as part of the Old Vic's In Camera series from Wednesday 25 - Saturday 28 August, tickets on sale HERE.
|What||Bagdad Cafe, Old Vic Theatre|
|Where||The Old Vic, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
17 Jul 21 – 21 Aug 21, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
25 Aug 21 – 28 Aug 21, Online performances
|Price||£10 - £65|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|