World Premiere of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia Opens April 30 at Royal Shakespeare Company | Playbill

London News World Premiere of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia Opens April 30 at Royal Shakespeare Company

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the Wise Children and RSC co-production plays the Swan.

Wise Children and the Royal Shakespeare Company's co-production of the world premiere of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia, adapted by Wise Children Artistic Director Emma Rice with Kureishi, officially opens April 30 following previews that began April 18.

Rice also directs the production, based on Kureishi's novel, at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The limited engagement will continue through June 1.

The cast features Dee Ahluwalia as Karim; Ankur Bahl as Haroon; Raj Bajaj as Changez; Tommy Belshaw as Charlie and Shadwell; Rina Fatania as Tracey, Jeeta, Marlene, and Auntie Jean; Natasha Jayetileke as Jamila; Bettrys Jones as Margaret and Eleanor; Simon Rivers as Anwar and Uncle Ted; Lucy Thackeray as Eva; and Ewan Wardrop as Matthew Pyke.

Rice said in an earlier statement, “Hanif Kureishi’s debut novel The Buddha of Suburbia is a messy, joyful, and angry love letter to family, theatre, and music. Funny and tender in equal measure, this landmark story fizzes with rebellion, confusion, love, and acceptance.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with my hero Hanif Kureishi on transforming his literary masterpiece into a joyful theatrical whoop. As the dawn of a new era shines upon the Swan stage, Buddha promises to be dashing, dirty, devastating, and hopeful—just as theatre should be!”

Kureishi added, “I am absolutely thrilled that Emma Rice is adapting my novel for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Emma has a uniquely theatrical imagination, which, in combination with my own theatre background and the novel’s partial setting in the theatre, will result in a vibrant and provocative production.”

The production also has set design by Rachana Jadhav, costume design by Vicki Mortimer, sound and video design by Simon Baker, lighting design by Jai Morjaria, music by composer Niraj Chag, choreography by Etta Murfitt, fight direction by Kev McCurdy, and casting by Matthew Dewsbury.

The world premiere is part of Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey’s inaugural season as RSC co-artistic directors.

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