The House of Bilquis Bibi

Ila Arun and Indira Joshi lead cast of nine

We 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.

Directed 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.

Writer 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 the Heer Ranjha legend.

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.

Indira 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 Heights.

Ghizala Avan, Mariam Haque, Shalini Peiris, Vineeta Rishi and Balvinder Sopal complete the cast.

Tickets are on sale now from the Hampstead Theatre box office. Previews (22 - 24 Jul) and Mondays are just £15 and anyone under 26 pays just £10 on weeknights. Call 020 7722 9301 or book online now. 

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.

The House
of Bilquis Bibi

22 Jul - 14 Aug

Hampstead Theatre
Swiss Cottage
London NW3

£15 - £25
£10 for under 26s

020 7722 9301
Book online now >

Tamasha gratefully acknowledges financial support from
Unity Theatre Trust and Friends and Patrons of Tamasha.


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