Arun and Indira Joshi lead
cast of nine
are pleased to be able to announce the cast for our summer
2010 production The
House of Bilquis Bibi, which premieres at Hampstead
Theatre from 22 July - 14 August.
by Kristine Landon-Smith, it tells the story of a widow obsessed
with upholding her family's reputation while her five daughters
dream only of finding love.
Sudha Bhuchar has relocated Federico García
Lorca's 1939 drama The House of Bernarda Alba from
rural Spain to present-day Pakistan - specifically the Punjabi
town of Jhang, a town steeped in the romance and tragedy of
Sudha's last play for Tamasha was Child
of the Divide - a Polka Theatre co-production
which Time Out magazine named Best
Kids' Show of 2006.
Ila Arun will play the domineering matriarch
Bilquis, leading an all-female cast of nine. A popular singer
and actress in India, Ila recently starred alongside Aishwarya
Rai in Bollywood epic Jodhaa
Akbar and will soon appear in West
is West, BBC Films' sequel to East is East.
Joshi (The Kumars at No. 42, Grumpy
Old Women) will play Bilquis' senile mother Mehroonisa,
Rina Fatania returns as servant Bushra, and
youngest daughter Aroosa will be played by Youkti
Patel, seen last year in the lead
role of Shakuntala in Tamasha's musical Wuthering
Avan, Mariam Haque, Shalini
Peiris, Vineeta Rishi and Balvinder
Sopal complete the cast.
are on sale now from the Hampstead
Theatre box office.
(22 - 24 Jul) and Mondays are just £15 and anyone under 26
pays just £10 on weeknights. Call
020 7722 9301 or book
With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha.
The House of Bilquis Bibi is a Tamasha and Harrogate
Theatre co-production. Image
design and art direction by Aubrey Kurlansky. Photography
by Matthew Ward.