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East Is East

A co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

By Ayub Khan Din

7 - 30 Oct
Running Time: approx. 2 hours 20 mins incl. a 20-min interval

5 star rating

A magnificent revival of a culture-clash classic. An explosion of a show.

4 star rating

A happy 25th birthday for Ayub Khan-Din’s comedy.

The Times
4 star rating

Bitterly and wickedly funny – has much to say to audiences of 2021 as it did 25 years ago.

4 star rating

Lively and engaging

The Stage

East Is East

The 25th anniversary production.

Salford, 1971.

George Khan wants to raise his family in the traditional Pakistani way, but his children have other ideas. Abdul and Tariq aren't ready to be married off, Saleem is pushing artistic boundaries, Meenah's skirt is too short and Sajit just wants to hide in his parka.

As relations reach breaking point, their English mother, Ella, is pulled torn between her loyalty to George and the happiness of her children.

Ayub Khan Din’s much-loved comedy drama, adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film, reopens the Lyttelton theatre as part of a 25th anniversary tour, directed by Iqbal Khan.

We can’t wait to welcome you for live performances

We're proud to be See It Safely approved by Official London Theatre, so you can feel confident and safe knowing that staff, artists and audiences are COVID-secure based on the latest government guidelines.

You can also rest assured that our theatres and public areas are well ventilated and undergo enhanced cleaning between every show.

Please note that government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear face coverings in settings such as theatres, to protect themselves and others. If you are exempt, we would appreciate you advising front of house staff on arrival.​.

Learn more about the ways we are welcoming audiences back safely


Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund

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East is East Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£86, £66, £56, £46, £36, £20
Friday & Saturday eves
£89, £69, £59, £49, £39, £20
£67, £47,  £38, £30, £25, £20

Tickets for 16-25 year olds

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Young people taking part in a NT youth workshop


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