How time flies: I remember being at once entranced and moved by East Is East, when Ayub Khan Din's debut play first appeared in 1996 in a 60-seat central London studio space before moving on to two larger London venues and then Leslee Udwin's highly engaging 1999 film. Since then, the same material has never quite landed in the same way, at least for me: a 2014 revival, starring Khan Din himself as the paternal scold at the play's bruising centre, misfired, and so, to a lesser degree, does Iqbal...
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Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan - Genghis to his kids - is determined to give his children a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970s Salford. Household tension reaches breaking point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught in the cross fire - her loyalties divided between her marriage and the free will of her children.
The 25th anniversary production of East is East is at the National Theatre from October 2021.
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Cast and creative
By: Ayub Khan Din
Director: Iqbal Khan
Cast list: Tony Jayawardena, Sophie Stanton, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Irvine Iqbal, Adonis Jenieco, Rachel Lumberg, Noah Manzoor, Joeravar Sangha, Gurjeet Singh, Assad Zaman
Design: Bretta Gerecke
Lighting: Bretta Gerecke
Costume: Susan Kulkarni
Sound: Jon Nicholls
Latest East Is East News & Features
The full cast for the upcoming 25th anniversary revival of East is East at the National Theatre has been announced. East is East is at the Lyttleton Theatre from 7 - 30 October, running as part of the reopening season at the Southbank venue.Set in 1970s Salford, East is East follows George Khan, a Pakistani chip-shop owner who is determined to raise his kids in accordance with Islamic values in England. At the same time, George's English wife, Ella, is stuck between her marriage and her...