A Passage to India

Tue 6 Feb to Sat 10 Feb 2018


£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


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


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

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

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 // reviews

“Vibrant, vigorous, vivid and absorbing”
The Times

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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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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