East Is East at Nottingham Playhouse. PHOTO: PAMELA RAITH PHOTOGRAPHY
East Is East at Nottingham Playhouse. PHOTO: PAMELA RAITH PHOTOGRAPHY

A new production of the award-winning comedy play-turnedfilm, East Is East, is to be staged at Nottingham Playhouse from a week today to June 10.

Although the play is set in 1970s Salford, director Suba Das has reimagined it for the 21st Century, although audiences will still recognised the Khan family’s living room and chip shop.

Ayub Khan-Din’s story is told through the eyes of the Khan family’s youngest son, the parka-wearing Sajit.

Head of the family is chip shop owner George. In his homeland of Pakistan a father rules the house, but in Salford his teenage children are proving more of a challenge.

Sajit refuses to take off his parka, Saleem is meant to be studying engineering but is drawing nude women as part of a foundation art course, and Abdul and Tariq are doing everything they can to avoid marrying the wealthy Mr Shah’s daughters.

In the middle of it all is George’s English wife, Ella, trying to keep the peace.

Suba Das said: “East Is East is one of the most-loved British comedies of our times, telling a hilarious and heart-breaking story of what it means to live and love across two different worlds and cultures.

“It was a huge part of my childhood and it’s an honour to lead the production that marks the 20th anniversary of this Olivier and BAFTA winning story.

“While the story feels more timely than ever, it’s so exciting to be reimagining the play for the 21st Century and we have assembled a stunning cast of British talent.”

It is led by Kammy Darweish as George and Vicky Entwistle as Ella.

Best known for her role as Janice Battersby in Coronation Street, Vicky Entwistle’s theatre credits include Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables in the West End and Mrs Baldry in the 2012 tour of Funny Peculiar.

Kammy Darweish has performed with the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe and has made numerous screen appearances, including Skyfall, Eastenders, Spooks and 55 Degrees North.

Judy Flynn plays Auntie Annie. Remembered by many as Julie in BBC sitcom the Brittas Empire, Judy has appeared on screen in dozens of comedies and dramas.

Best known for playing the long running role of Dr Kevin Tyler in the BBC daytime soap Doctors, Simon Rivers will play Abdul. Omar Malik, who played Naz in Coronation Street, plays Tariq.

Saleem is played by Raj Bajaj, Sabrina Sandhu is Meenah Khan, Viraj Juneja plays Sajit, and Deven Modha plays Maneer.