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East Is East: Classic British Family Dramedy Returns to Stage

East Is East, the classic comic family drama of the British-Asian experience will open at the National Theatre from 7th October.

Currently playing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and will transfer to the National Theatre from 7 – 30 October and Chichester Festival Theatre from 1 – 6 November.

Written by Ayub Khan-Din and directed by Iqbal Khan the smash-hit-comedy-drama celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Since premiering at Birmingham Rep Theatre in 1996, East Is East has sold out three London runs and adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film.

George Khan wants to raise his family the proper Pakistani way but hasn’t counted on the distractions of 70s Salford.

Abdul and Tariq aren’t ready to be married off, Saleem is pushing artistic boundaries, Meenah’s skirt is too short and Sajit just wants to hide in his parka. Can mum Ella keep the family together?

The cast includes Amy-Leigh Hickman as Meenah; Irvine Iqbal as Mr Shah/Dr; Tony Jayawardena as George; Adonis Jenieco as Saleem; Rachel Lumberg as Annie; Noah

Manzoor as Sajit; Joeravar Sangha as Maneer; Gurjeet Singh as Tariq; Sophie Stanton as Ella and Assad Zaman as Abdul.

Director by Iqbal Khan is joined by Bretta Gerecke (Set, Projection and Lighting Design), Susan Kulkarni (Costume Design), Felix Dubs (Composer), Jon Nicholls (Sound Design),

Stuart Burt CDG (Casting), Natasha Kathi-Chandra (Associate Director), Max White (Video Associate) and RC-Annie (Fight Director).

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