Linda Bassett (Ella Khan) and Imran Ali (Sajit Khan),
East is East, 1996

Linda Bassett as Ella Khan and Imran Ali as Sajit Khan in East is East

Nominated for an Olivier
Award for Best New Comedy

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

“Opening up new territory for the British stage with verve and delight”
The Observer

East is East (1996)

by Ayub Khan Din

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 

Tour Schedule

8 Oct - 26 Oct 1996    
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

29 Oct – 2 Nov 1996 
Crucible Studio, Sheffield

13 Nov – 16 Nov 1996  
Ben Kingsley Theatre, Salford

19 Nov – 7 Dec 1996 
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
10 Dec – 14 Dec 1996  
Bristol Old Vic Studio

5 Feb - 8 Mar 1997  
Theatre Royal Stratford East

26 Mar - 19 Apr 1997   
Royal Court Theatre Downstairs