It has been announced that Pauline McLynn (Father Ted/EastEnders) will play Ella Khan in Sam Yates' production of East is East by Ayub Khan Din.
Following its West End run at Trafalgar Studios as part of Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season, the play will embark on a sixteen week national tour opening in Brighton on 11th June 2015. East is East is designed by Tom Scutt with lighting by Richard Howell and sound and music by Alex Baranowski.
McLynn will be joined by some of the original cast from the West End production of East is East including Ashley Kumar (Tariq Khan), Darren Kuppan (Maneer Khan) and Sally Bankes (Auntie Annie). The full cast will be announced shortly.
Other confirmed venues include Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (22-27 June), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (29 June – 4 July), Churchill Theatre, Bromley (6-11 July), Princess Theatre, Torquay (13-18 July), Regent Theatre, Stoke (20-25 July), Theatre Royal, Nottingham (27 July – 1 August), Grand Opera House, York (3-8 August), Theatre Royal, Glasgow (10-15 August), The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (31 August – 5 September), Sheffield Lyceum (7 September – 12 September) and Bath Theatre Royal (14 September – 19 September). Further dates will be announced shortly.
Pauline McLynn said “I am very excited to be part of this production. The play by Ayub Khan Din is sparkling, funny and tender and I'm delighted to be working with the brilliant Sam Yates. I cannot wait to get out there with it!”
Jamie Lloyd (Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed) said “As a part of our drive to make our work accessible to all, I am very excited to present the first major tour of a Trafalgar Transformed production. I am thrilled that so many more people, all over the country, will get to see Sam Yates’ vivid production of this modern classic, and I’m delighted to welcome Pauline McLynn to the company.”
East is East, Ayub Khan Din’s semi-autobiographical account of British Asian life in the 1970s and the clash of cultures between a multi-cultural family growing up in Salford, is a play that continues to resonate and provoke discussion.