By Harold Brighouse. In a new adaptation by Tanika Gupta. Directed by Atri Banerjee
‘It’s a man’s world and you girls should keep within your boundaries and do as you’re told’
If tailor Hari Hobson isn’t bossing his daughters about in his Northern Quarter workshop, he’s putting the world to rights in his local pub. His oldest daughter, Durga, is the brains behind the operation. But when Hobson says that Durga is too valuable to lose and must give up all idea of getting married, she takes her fate into her own hands and opens a rival shop nearby.
Cutting through generational divides, it shows that in family life, some stories never get old – and some things never change.
VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 31 May - Saturday 6 July 2019. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no performance on Monday 1 July.
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm. View all times & dates
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes
TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £18.50. View all ticket prices
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PLEASE NOTE: Production contains flashing lights and smoking
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WRITER Tanika Gupta
DIRECTOR Atri Banerjee
DESIGNER Rosa Maggiora
SOUND DESIGNER & COMPOSER Arun Ghosh
LIGHTING DESIGNER Matt Haskins
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Jenny Ogilvie
FIGHT DIRECTORS Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd
DIALECT COACH Edda Sharpe
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Lucy Curtis
BSL INTERPRETER Siobhan Rocks
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Samina Ali
Production originally developed by Pooja Ghai
Wednesday 3 July, following 7.30pm show.
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Saturday 29 June, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
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Thursday 13 June, 10.30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6 / Concessions £4
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Dr Bannerjee/ Pinky Khan
★★★★★ "The tale contains darker and tragic moments but a laugh is never too far away and Gupta's script is brought to life by a host of wonderful performances" Oliver Ainley, WhatsOnStage
★★★★ "Relocating Harold Brighouse’s classic to Manchester’s Hindu community, Tanika Gupta finds some sharp political parallels and a very funny new cultural context" Mark Fisher, The Guardian
★★★★"an assured, embracive staging, large-hearted and funny." Natasha Tripney, The Stage
★★★★ " a much-loved comedy brought warmly and astutely up to date." Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
★★★★★ "Uplifting and joyous theatre told with true heart." Nikki Cotter, Opening Night
★★★★ "sparkling and witty." Donna Kelly, Frankly My Dear
"sets a benchmark for modern updates and adaptations of classic plays because it will appeal to fans of the original and newcomers alike and offers something we really need right now – warmth, compassion and belly laughs." Glenn Meads, ILoveMcr