A Passage to India

Tue 6 Feb to Sat 10 Feb 2018

PLAYHOUSE

£32 - £10

“One cannot be friends with the English!”

The advice was harsh but clear, and Aziz ignored it.  Now he lies in jail on a charge of sexual assault. 

Forster’s masterpiece poses a question more urgent today than ever: how can we love one another in a world divided by culture and belief?

Multi award-winning ensemble, simple8, transport us to Imperial India, conjuring up the elephants and caves, courthouses and temples with the simplest and boldest means – including original music played live on stage by legendary composer Kuljit Bhamra.

Full of humour and rich humanity, but with vast philosophical and political scope, A Passage to India is one of the great novels of the Twentieth Century. simple8’s thrilling new adaptation reimagines it for contemporary Britain.

★★★★★
“A company possessing the skills, dedication and intelligence to create wonder”
The Times

A simple8 and Royal & Derngate co-production

Company

Cast Liz Crowther, Matthew Douglas, Christopher Doyle, Hannah Emanuel, Tibu Fortes, Richard Goulding, Nigel Hastings, Asif Khan, Edward Killingback, Ranjit Krishnamma, Phoebe Pryce & Maanuv Thiara

Musicians Kuljit Bhamra & Asha McCarthy

Writer E. M. Forster

Adaptor Simon Dormandy

Directors Sebastian Armesto and Simon Dormandy

Music Kuljit Bhamra

Design Dora Schweitzer

Lighting Design Prema Mehta

Reviews

A Passage to India

★★★★
“I left more moved than I expected, reflecting on Forster’s redemptive dream and how far we have and haven’t come”

A Passage to India

★★★★
“With just drapes, bamboo canes and boxes, we travel through India via train, a splendid elephant and into the deep caves”

A Passage to India

★★★★
“An abundance of ingenuity…vibrant, vigorous, vivid and absorbing”

A Passage to India // reviews

★★★★
“Vibrant, vigorous, vivid and absorbing”
The Times

★★★★
“Intelligent…topical…moving”
Theatre Cat

★★★★
“A brilliantly staged piece of theatre”
A Small Mind at the Theatre

“Inspires joy and optimism… imaginative and absorbing”
British Theatre Guide

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LEARNING

Backchat

A relaxed discussion with members of the cast immediately after the performance
Wed 7 Feb, following the 5.30pm performance | FREE
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