The Village, by April De Angelis, officially opens September 13 following previews that began September 7 at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Directed by Nadia Fall, the cast includes Harki Bhambra, Sudha Bhuchar, Anya Chalotra, Ameet Chana, Neil D’Souza, Souad Faress, Rina Fatania, Naeem Hayat, Scott Karim, Art Malik, Arian Nik, Humera Syed, and Ragevan Vasan.
The Village transports Lope de Vega’s Spanish play Fuenteovejuna to contemporary India. It’s a powerful story of community and solidarity, and the lengths a person will go to protect themselves from tyranny. In Jyoti’s village, life is simple. People work and sing while living off the land. And finding a partner is far from her mind. She’d much prefer a delicious meal. Things are happy until the Inspector and his men come back to town. But when the tyrannical Inspector has his eye on Jyoti and he commits unspeakable acts against the village, everyone is pushed to the breaking point. Will Jyoti dare turn him down despite what it may mean for her village?
The production features design by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Paul Pyant, and movement by Polly Bennet.
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