Love & racial tension. The explosive Zindabad premières at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre


A story of marriage, friendship and fidelity played out against a background of racial turmoil. The compelling, evocative human drama, Zindabad, starring BAFTA Award-winning Linda Thorson, premières in the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre next week.

Zindabad, directed by Richard Digby Day, is set in 1940’s India. Harry Lesseps, director of Harappa, the famous archaeological site, is a man of mixed blood and he is having a passionate affair with the beautiful but married Sally Lawrence.

Chaos breaks out as political tensions heighten in the Punjab District of Montgomery. It’s dangerous to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and their world is about to be plunged into racial disharmony, forcing the pair to make some desperate decisions.

LindaThorsonFrank BarrieAndrew Wincott

The cast of Zindabad is led by Linda Thorson, best known for her role as Tara King in The Avengers; Frank Barrie who recently played Edward Bishop in Eastenders; and Andrew Wincott who plays Adam Macy in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.

They are joined on stage by Justin Butcher (winner of WhatsOnStage Best Solo Performance for Scaramouche Jones); Seelan Gunaseelan (Matt Lucas’ BBC 1 comedy series Pompidou); Rebecca Johnson (The Vortex at the Rose, Kingston and The Way of the World at Chichester Festival Theatre); Ranjit Krishnamma (Behind The Beautiful Forevers and Dara at the National Theatre) and Antony Zaki (ITV’s The Jury).

Acclaimed playwright David Conville’s authentic, powerful drama is set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1947 Partition of India. Growing up on a Punjab farm, Kashmir-born David and his family experienced the conflict first-hand.

A remarkable man of theatre, David Conville began his career acting with John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, before forming the New Shakespeare Company in Regent’s Park, where he presented over 100 productions, directing many himself.

He starred in ITV’s Surgical Spirit for seven years and appeared in the films The Fourth Protocol and Clockwise. His many plays include Obituaries which was subsequently BBC One’s Play of the Week and was voted the Best TV Play of the Year in The Daily Telegraph.

Zindabad runs at the Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, from April 27-May 7.

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