October 1996 — April 1997

East is East

by Ayub Khan Din, directed by Kristine Landon-Smith

Nominated for an Olivier
Award for Best New Comedy

Winner of a Writers’ Guild Award
Winnner of The John Whiting Award

“Hugely entertaining, highly involving, emotionally tender…
a remarkable play”

Time Out

“First plays don’t come much better than this. Kristine Landon-Smith directs with an impeccable sense of social comedy, full of embarrassment, hilarity and pain.”

Sunday Times

Set in Salford in 1970, this hysterical but often moving play of mixed-race manners tells the story of the Khan children and their battle between the traditional values of their Pakistani father and their own desire to be citizens of modern Britain.

EAST IS EAST marked a defining moment in Tamasha’s history. The play received critical acclaim, and is often cited as playing a key role in bringing Asian culture into the British mainstream.

In co-production with The Royal Court and Birmingham Rep


Writer Ayub Khan Din

Director Kristine Landon-Smith

Designer Sue Mayes

Lighting Designer Paul Taylor

Dialect Coach Jill McCullough

Fight Director Malcolm Ransom

Original Cast

Imran Ali

Linda Bassett

Paul Bazely

Chris Bisson

Kriss Dosanjh

Emil Marwa

Jimi Mistry

Lesley Nicol

Zita Sattar

Nadim Sawalha