Dates & Times
Tue 21 Sep 21
7.30pm
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Wed 22 Sep 21
7.30pm
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Thu 23 Sep 21
2.30pm
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Thu 23 Sep 21
7.30pm
From £17.50
Fri 24 Sep 21
7.30pm
From £20.50
Sat 25 Sep 21
2.30pm
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Sat 25 Sep 21
7.30pm
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Description

The smash-hit comedy-drama returns home for its 25th anniversary.

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?

Since premiering on The REP's stage in 1996, East Is East has sold out three London runs, been adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film and become a modern classic of comic-drama. Rediscover this joyous play where it all began.

On the 8th of October 1996, at 7:45, I sat in the studio of The REP, quietly crapping myself! It was the first performance of East Is East. I'd managed to get time off work to travel up for the first previews and press night, little did I know that my life was going to change so completely after this evening. I wondered if an autobiographical play about my life growing up in a bi-racial family would appeal to anyone outside of my immediate circle. The night was sparkling… The response from the audience was tremendous.

The first review I read was from the Birmingham press, and I've never forgotten it, I didn't realise it at the time how prescient it would prove to be; it read, “Hamlet is not a play about Danes, and the same can be said of East Is East” 25 years on, and the play has been performed all over the world, in many languages to many different cultures. Now here we are, on the 25th anniversary, back where it all started and I couldn't be more thrilled or excited, it's like coming home.”
Ayub Khan Din

A free digital programme is available to download via the 'Downloads' tab on the right.

For more information about ticket prices, booking and your visit, please click the 'Ticket Information' tab on the right hand side of this page.

CAST

Amy-Leigh Hickman Meenah Khan

Irvine Iqbal Doctor/Mr Shah

Tony Jayawardena George Khan

Adonis Jenieco Saleem Khan

Rachel Lumberg Auntie Annie

Noah Manzoor Sajit Khan

Joeravar Sangha Maneer Khan

Gurjeet Singh Tariq Khan

Sophie Stanton Ella Khan

Assad Zaman Abdul Khan 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Ayub Khan Din Writer

Iqbal Khan Director

Bretta Gerecke Set, Production & Lighting Designer 

Susan Kulkarni Costume Designer

Felix Dubs Composer

Jon Nicholls Sound Designer

RC Annie Fight Director

Stuart Burt CDG Casting Director

Natasha Kathi-Chandra Associate Director

Max White Associate Producer

Abi Lumb Voice Coach

Suzanne Knight Associate Costume Designer & Supervisor

JoJo Dutton Makeup & Hair Designer

Heather Doole Production Manager 

Sam Paterson Set Build Production Manager

Jo Alexander Company Stage Manager

Ana Carter Deputy Stage Manager

Myer Daniels Assistant Stage Manager

Laura Stone Props Supervisor & Assistant Stage Manager 

East Is East was originally brought to the stage by Tamasha, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Royal Court who produced the original production on The REP's stage in 1996

Bitterly and wickedly funny...Its explorations of identity, race, relationships, power, gender dynamics and familial aspiration ensure it still has as much to say to audiences of 2021 as it did 25 years ago

What's On Stage

Heartfelt and humorous

The Stage

Full of serious insight...also very funny

The Times

Magnificent revival of culture-clash classic

The Guardian

Venue Information

The REP

Box Office: 0121 236 4455

Ticket Information

From £12.50

Recommended for 14+

Post Show Discussion Thursday 23 September

Schools Bookings
Our Creative Learning Team will be delivering a workshop on 'Exploring Culture and Identity'. The workshop will use extracts from the East is East script as a stimulus to look at how cultural expectations in community groups can impact the way people grow up, make decisions and form relationships with others. If you are interested in finding out more and would like to book this workshop please get in touch with our Creative Learning department at learning@birmingam-rep.co.uk.

Socially Distanced Performances
Monday 6 September, 7.30pm
Wednesday 8 September, 7.30pm
Monday 13 September, 7.30pm
Wednesday 15 September, 7.30pm
Friday 17 September, 7.30pm
Monday 20 September, 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 September, 7.30pm
Thursday 23 September, 2.30pm
Friday 24 September, 7.30pm

Booking Your Seats
For bookings with access requirements or any other queries, please email ticketservices@birmingham-rep.co.uk with your ticket request and a contact number and a member of our box office team will get back to you. Alternatively, if you need to speak to someone, we have a limited phone service available on 0121 236 4455, which is open Monday - Friday from 12pm – 6pm. There may be a queue to get through to a member of the team, so please be patient. After booking, if you don't receive your tickets digitally, make sure to check your spam / junk folder for your ticket confirmation.

Fees and Charges
Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend. Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.

Keeping You Safe
Following the recent government announcement outlining the roadmap to re-opening, we want to reassure you of the measures that will be in place when you visit. Full details can be viewed here.

Your Visit
Please arrive 5 minutes before your allocated auditorium entrance time, which you can find on your ticket. On entering the auditorium please sit in your allocated seats only, in order to maintain socially distanced from other audience members.Please note we cannot admit latecomers and a cloakroom service will not be available, so please avoid bringing large bags. If you feel too unwell to attend on the date of your performance, we are happy to offer a credit note for another performance (subject to availability).

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Further Information
Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval. A multi-faith prayer room is available to access prior to each performance. (Located in The DOOR.)
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