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Rafta, Rafta - National Theatre (Lyttelton)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AYUB Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta, which is based on All In Good Time by Bill Naughton, opens at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on April 26, 2007 (previews from April 19) and continues in repertoire.

The wedding feast is over and his father is dancing the bhangra, but the groom himself is busy on the net. And when it’s time for bed, he’s so woefully inhibited by his parents, let alone his brother’s childish pranks, that his beautiful virgin bride remains just that. Six weeks later the whole family starts to panic.

Nicholas Hytner will direct a cast that includes Roksaneh Ghawam-Shahidi, Harish Patel and Meera Syal.

Patel has appeared in over 80 Bollywood films. He recently played himself in the film Chicken Tikka Masala and has frequently appeared on stage with the Indian National Theatre. His other screen credits include The Buddha of Suburbia and My Son the Fanatic.

Syal is well known to television viewers for her roles in Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at Number 42. Her recent film work includes Anita and Me (from her own book) and the Woody Allen Summer Project; while on stage, her work includes Peer Gynt (NT), Bombay Dreams (West End) and The Vagina Monologues (Old Vic).

Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist and The Man of Mode.

Khan-Din’s previous plays include East is East, Last Dance at Dum Dum and Notes on Falling Leaves, all for the Royal Court. East is East won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best West End Play and Best New Writer. It was subsequently developed into a screenplay and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Film.

Rafta, Rafta has designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Paul Groothuis, and is sponsored by Accenture, supporters of Innovation at the National Theatre.