The national tour of Ayub Khan Din’s critically-acclaimed play East is East opens in Brighton tonight.
It will tour to Aylesbury, Bromley, York, Woking, Stoke-on-Trent, Torquay, Bradford, Sheffield, Oxford, Bath and Glasgow.
East is East is Ayub Khan Din’s semi-autobiographical account of British Asian life in the 1970s and the clash of cultures between a multi-cultural family growing up in Salford. It is a play that continues to resonate and provoke discussion.
Starring award-winning screen icon Pauline McLynn as Ella and a host of the finest British acting talent as the remainder of the Khan family and friends, this is a long awaited revival of a modern comedy classic.
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 cast includes Pauline McLynn, original West End cast members Ashley Kumar and Darren Kuppan as well as Kammy Darweish, Sakuntala Ramanee, Sally Bankes, Adam Karim, Assad Zaman, Dharmesh Patel, Salma Hoque and Simon Nagra.
Pauline McLynn said: “I am very excited to be part of this production. The play by Ayub Khan Din is sparkling, funny and tender and I’m delighted to be working with the brilliant Sam Yates. I cannot wait to get out there with it!”
Jamie Lloyd, artistic director of producers, Trafalgar Transformed, said: “As a part of our drive to make our work accessible to all, I am very excited to present the first major tour of a Trafalgar Transformed production.
“I am thrilled that so many more people, all over the country, will get to see Sam Yates’ vivid production of this modern classic, and I’m delighted to welcome Pauline McLynn to the company.”
2015 Tour dates
June 11-20, Theatre Royal Brighton
June 22-27, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
June 29-July 4, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
July 6-11, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
July 13-18, Princess Theatre, Torquay
July 20-25, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
August 3-8, Grand Opera House, York
August 10-15, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
August 31-September 5, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
September 7-12, Lyceum, Sheffield
September 14-19, Theatre Royal, Bath
September 21-26, Oxford Playhouse.