Full cast announced for East Is East at Trafalgar Studios

Full cast announced for East Is East at Trafalgar Studios

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    The full cast has been announced for East Is East, the second production of Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season, starring Jane Horrocks as Ella Khan.

    Playwright Ayub Khan Din will play patriarch George Khan, father to seven children and husband to Ella. He wrote East Is East in 1997 for the Royal Court, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. For the 1999 film adaptation, Khan Din won both a British Independent Film Award and a London Critics' Circle Film Award for his adapted screenplay, as well as being nominated for two BAFTAs. His film credits include My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Idiot and West Is West, in addition to the play Rafta, Rafta.

    Amit Shah will play Abdul Khan, the second eldest child who finds himself torn between wanting his father's approval and looking out for his siblings. Shah's theatre credits include Hansel and Gretel, The Comedy of Errors, The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other, Odyssey, The Man of Mode, The Alchemist (for which he was awarded the Ian Charleson Commendation for performance), Life of Galileo and The Royal Hunt of The Sun (all National Theatre), Rough Cuts: The Spiral, Shades, and Free Outgoing (all Royal Court Theatre), Arabian Nights at The RSC, King Lear (Donmar Warehouse) and The Hot Zone (Lyric Hammersmith).

    Ashley Kumar will play charismatic and rebellious Tariq Khan, who is desperate to shake off his Pakistani roots and enjoy the freedoms of British life. His television and film credits include A Nice Arrangement, Omid Djalili’s Little Cracker, Summer In Transylvania, EastEnders, Spooks, Benidorm, The Bill, Doctors and MI High.

    Darren Kuppan will play middle child Maneer Khan (known as Gandhi”), who is devout in both his religious beliefs and observance of Pakistani culture, often making him an outsider amongst his siblings. As well as having appeared in the TV programmes Spooks, Emmerdale and Coronation Street, Kuppan has appeared on stage in East is East (Birmingham Rep), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon and New Victoria Theatre Stoke), Melody Loses Her Mojo (Liverpool Playhouse), England Street (Oxford Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), Bollywood Jane (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Pretend You Have Big Buildings (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).

    Michael Karim will play 12-year-old Sajid Khan, known as “Twitch”, who often finds himself the butt of all jokes and takes refuge in his beloved parka. Karim's theatre credits include Skane (Hampstead Theatre) and Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange/The Lyric Hammersmith).

    Nathan Clarke will play eighteen year old Saleem Khan who is leading a double life - an engineering student to his father and an art student to the rest of his family. Clarke has appeared on stage in Pigeons (Royal Court Theatre), Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), Break the Floorboards (Watford Palace Theatre), Upstairs/Vibrant Festival (Finborough Theatre) and Small Fish Big Cheese (Unicorn Theatre), as well as the television programmes and films  The Interceptor, We Still Kill The Old Way, Perfume, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix.

    Taj Atwal will play the second youngest and only girl Meenah Khan. Tough, boisterous and headstrong, Meenah is a force to be reckoned with. Atwal's television and film credits include Stabat Mater, Puja Nights, Behind the Green Curtain, In With the Flynns, Miranda, Stella, Kitchen Chic, Moving On and In The Club. She's also appeared on stage in All Our Daughters (New Vic and UK Tour), Small Fish Big Cheese (Unicorn Theatre), Don Juan in Love and The Wind in The Willows (both The Scoop Air Theatre).

    Joining the Khans are Rani Moorthy who will play Mrs. Shah, who parades her rich Lahorian heritage with pride. Her theatre credits include Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon and New Vic), Shades of Brown (Arts Depo London UK Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Old Rep Theatre) and Curry Tales and Too Close to Home (both Lyric Hammersmith and UK Tour). Moorthy's TV and film credits include Coronation Street, A&E, Cold Feet, Moving On, Prisoner’s Wives, Citizen Khan, Twenty8K, Throw of a Dice and All in Good Time.

    Hassani Shapi will play self-styled, affluent Mr. Shah, who is proud of his achievements and his Trafford Park postcode. Shapi has appeared in the films and TV shows Lewis, Law & Order, Apparitions, Casualty, Wire in the Blood, The Bill, Whistleblowers, Spooks, Waking the Dead, Doctors, In Deep, Strange, One Foot in the Grave, Two Brothers, Murder Unveiled (for which he was nominated for best actor at the Canadian Film Awards), The World is Not Enough and Star Wars – The Phantom Menace.

    Sally Bankes will play ‘Auntie’ Annie, Ella’s oldest friend and confidante who is like a second mother to the kids. Her theatre credits include That Day We Sang and Everybody Loves a Winner (Royal Exchange Manchester) and The Winter’s Tale (RSC).

    Ensemble members Ash Rizi, Karl Seth, Deepal Parmar and Pamela Bennett complete the cast.

    At Trafalgar Studios from 4 October 2014 until 3 January 2015, with press night 15 October, book your East Is East tickets today!