The Royal & Derngate Theatre starts 2018 with its first Made in Northampton production, A Passage to India, vividly re-imagined by award-winning ensemble simple8.
One of the great novels of the 20th century, EM Forster’s A Passage to India is set in British India where a jagged collision of cultures are splitting under imperial pressure.
Aziz ignores the harsh but clear advice that “One cannot be friends with the English” and now he lies in jail on a charge of sexual assault.
Forster’s masterpiece poses a question more urgent today than ever: how can we love each other in a world divided by culture and belief?
simple8 will transport audiences to Imperial India, conjuring up its elephants and caves, courthouses and temples, accompanied by original music, played live on stage, by composer Kuljit Bhamra.
Full of humour and humanity, but with vast philosophical and political scope, A Passage to India is re-imagined for contemporary Britain, in a thrilling new adaptation by Simon Normandy, who co-directs with simple8’s artistic director, Sebastian Armesto.
The 14-strong ensemble company includes Richard Goulding who has been seen on TV as Prince Harry in both The Windsors and King Charles III; Phoebe Pryce whose credits include The Tempest for Shakespeare’s Globe; Asif Khan whose stage credits include the UK tour of Handbagged, and Matthew Douglas, last seen in Northampton in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
A Passage to India takes to the Royal stage from January 11 – 20.
2018 Tour Dates
Salisbury Playhouse, January 22-27
Bristol Old Vic, January 30-February 3
Liverpool Playhouse, February 6-10
Churchill Theatre, Bromley, February 13-17
Park Theatre, London, February 20-March 24.