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A Tupperware of Ashes

a new play by Tanika Gupta

A blurred or shaken photo of a woman (Meera Syal), smiling and wearing gold jewellry and a blue dress.

Booking and details

25 September — 16 November 2024
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The event location is

Dorfman Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

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Public booking opens at midday on Thursday 23 May

I’m falling through a world which makes no sense

An ambitious Michelin-Star chef, Queenie is used to having the last word.

But when her children notice gaps in her memory and her grip on reality loosening, they are faced with an impossible choice. As Raj, Gopal and Kamala battle to reconcile their life-long duty to their mother, the ramifications of their decision take on a heartbreaking permanence.

Tanika Gupta (A Doll’s House, Lyric Hammersmith) and Pooja Ghai (Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company) reunite for their latest collaboration, following the critically acclaimed The Empress.

Meera Syal is Queenie in this vivid and heart-breaking family drama about life, immigration and the Indian spiritual cycle of death and rebirth.

Cast includes

Production team


Tanika Gupta


Pooja Ghai

Set and Costume Designer

Rosa Maggiora

Lighting Designer

Matt Haskins


Nitin Sawhney

Sound Designer

Elena Peña

Illusions Director and Designer

John Bulleid

Movement Director

Anjali Mehra

Fight Director

Rachel Bown-Williams of Rc-Annie Ltd

Rachel Bown-Williams of Rc-Annie Ltd

Fight Director

Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd

Casting Director

Naomi Downham

Naomi Downham

Staff Director

Layla Madanat

Ticket prices

Monday – Saturday evenings and matinees:
£20, £35, £49, £64

Previews 25 – 30 September:
£20, £29, £39, £49

For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save

Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Tue 15 Oct, Thu 17 Oct, Tue 22 Oct and Thu 14 Nov.

Visit our Ticketing FAQs for information on how to book, ticket exchanges and more.

Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances


Integrated BSL

Audio described

No Chilled performance available.

Relaxed performance

Details of the integrated BSL performances, including the interpreter, will be announced closer to the performance date.

Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, 90 minutes before the performance start time. Call the Access line on 020 7452 3961 to book Touch Tours.

We have an allocation of tickets held for members of our Access scheme and if any of the assisted performances above are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to view all available tickets, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961

Smart caption glasses

Will not be available for A Tupperware of Ashes.



Photography (Meera Syal) by Tami Aftab.