Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
Booking period: 7 September - 6 October 2018
Show times: 7.30pm (matinees on select days at 2.30pm)
Age recommendation: 14+
Captioned Performance: Fri 5 Oct, 7.30pm
BSL interpreted Performance: Thu 4 Oct, 7.30pm
Audio described Performance : Sat 6 Oct, 2.30pm
Kicking off Nadia Fall's inaugural season as Artistic Director at Stratford East is a new adaptation of Lope de Vega's Spanish Golden Age play Fuenteovejuna from April De Angelis. Transported to contemporary India, The Village is a powerful story of community, solidarity and the lengths each of us are willing to go to protect ourselves from tyranny. Vega's masterpiece is given renewed urgency in this poignant adaptation, and Fall directs this production in homage to Joan Littlewood who staged the production at Stratford East with Theatre Workshop in 1955 (under the title The Sheepwell).
Village life for Jyoti is simple: the people work hard, sing and live off the earth. She would much rather devour a delicious meal than think about a suitable partner. But when the Inspector and his men arrive back in town, things quickly begin to sour. The Inspector's reign of terror sees him commit unspeakable acts against the village with young Jyoti in his sights, pushing everyone to breaking point. Will she dare scorn his advances?
★★★★ 'An impressive, blood-stirring evening.' The Guardian
★★★★ 'A great piece of storytelling... flat-out wonderful' The Times
★★★★ 'Truly tremendous... Malik is marvellous' The Times
★★★★ 'Relentlessly gripping... elemental and overwhelming' Time Out
'Breathtaking... something between a Holi parade and a riot... a revolutionary theatre' The Stage
'A vibrant and committed production' Whastonstage
VENUE: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN