Following a spectacular West End run at Trafalgar Transformed, one of the best British comedies East is East kicked off it’s UK tour in sunny old Brighton with a 9 day run at the famous Theatre Royal. (11/06/15 – 20/06/15).
You may be familiar with the 1999 film but might be surprised to learn it was originally written for the stage by Ayub Khan-Din.
Award-winning actress Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, Shameless and EastEnders) stars as Ella with Simon Nagra (Dara and Rafta Rafta for National Theatre) as George and Ashley Kumar (EastEnders) as Tariq Khan – as well as some of the original cast from the West End production Ashley Kumar, Darren Kuppan and Sally Banks.
East is East is as serious as it is funny and depicts a semi-autobiographical account of British-Asian life in the 1970’s. The story is based around a Salford fish and chip shop owner named George Khan (whose children refer to him as Genghis) George expects his family to reject Western conventions and follow his strict Pakistani-Muslim ways but his children, with an English mother and having been brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to rebel against their fathers rules.
Tensions rise even further when the mother Ella gets caught in the cross fire with her loyalties divided between her marriage and the free will of her children. While addressing serious modern cultural issues, East Is East still manages to be hilarious in it’s approach.
This is sure to be a popular show, so if you’re heading out to Brighton Theatre Royal to catch it, why not pop into Pinocchio for a pre-show meal? We offer an exclusive 10% discount to theatre goers – simply show us your ticket and we’ll recalculate your bill. Our 2-course specials are great value – a starter and a main course or a main and a dessert for just £8.95pp. Our extensive menu offers a wide choice of dishes including all your favourite Italian classics as well as a range of specials exclusive to Pinocchio.
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