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East is East - full casting announced

Casting news

AMIT Shah (as Abdul Khan), Ashley Kumar (Tariq Khan), Darren Kuppan (Maneer Khan), Nathan Clarke (Saleem Khan), Taj Atwal (Meenah Khan) and Michael Karim (Sajit Khan) join previously announced Jane Horrocks (Ella Khan) and Ayub Khan Din (George Khan) to complete the casting of the Khan family in East is East.

Ayub Khan Din’s critically-acclaimed play, the second production in Jamie Lloyd’s second season for Trafalgar Transformed, runs at the Whitehall venue from October 4, 2014 to January 3, 2015.

The Khans are joined by Sally Bankes (Auntie Annie), Rani Moorthy (Mrs. Shah) and Hassani Shapi (Mr Shah/Doctor). Ash Rizi, Karl Seth, Deepal Parmar and Pamela Bennett (Ensemble) complete the cast.

East is East, Ayub Khan Din’s semi-autobiographical account of British Asian life in the 1970s and the clash of cultures between a multi-cultural family growing up in Salford, is a play that continues to resonate and provoke discussion.

East is East will be accompanied by a host of exciting events that will take place as part of the Traf Extras programme. These will all examine the incredible diversity of the Great British Identity, with opportunities to join together and celebrate individuality, from specially-devised pieces to an open mic event. An action-packed evening is also planned around the unique and explosive rhythmic charge that is Northern Soul music, with a Traf Extras twist.

Amit Shah’s numerous stage credits include Hansel and Gretel, The Comedy of Errors, The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other, Odyssey, The Man of Mode, The Alchemist (for which he was awarded the Ian Charleson Commendation for performance), Life of Galileo and The Royal Hunt of The Sun (National Theatre) and Rough Cuts: The Spiral, Shades and Free Outgoing (Royal Court Theatre).

Ashley Kumar’s stage credits include Tartuffe (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Commercial Road (Hackney Empire) and The Snow Queen (Unicorn Theatre).

Darren Kuppan’s stage work includes East is East (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon and the New Vic Theatre, Stoke), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), Bollywood Jane (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Pretend You Have Big Buildings (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).

Nathan Clarke has previously appeared on stage in Pigeons (Royal Court Theatre), Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), Upstairs/Vibrant Festival (Finborough Theatre) and Small Fish Big Cheese (Unicorn Theatre). His screen credits include Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.

Taj Atwal’s stage credits include All Our Daughters (The New Vic and on tour), Small Fish Big Cheese (Unicorn Theatre) and Don Juan in Love and The Wind in The Willows (The Scoop Open Air Theatre).

Michael Karim’s stage work includes Skane (Hampstead Theatre) and Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange/The Lyric Hammersmith). He has also appeared on screen in Lewis, Ten Minute Tales – Three Kings, Parents of the Band, The Beat Beneath my Feet and Truant.

East is East is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Richard Howell and sound and music by Alex Baranowski.

Tickets: £15 – £52.50. Premium seats available. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7632 or visit

All tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, starting on October 1, 2014, and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Read more about East is East.

Richard III, the first production of Jamie Lloyd’s second season for Trafalgar Transformed continues until September 27, 2014.