What Did Critics Think of the London Stage Adaptation of White Teeth?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of the London Stage Adaptation of White Teeth?
 
Featuring music and dance, Kiln Theatre's production of the Zadie Smith novel officially opened November 5.
Ayesha Dharker, Nenda Neurer, Karl Queensborough, Sid Sagar, and Assad-Zaman in <i>White Teeth.</i>
Ayesha Dharker, Nenda Neurer, Karl Queensborough, Sid Sagar, and Assad-Zaman in White Teeth. Mark Douet

The musical adaptation of Zadie Smith's beloved novel White Teeth officially opened November 5 in London.

The Kiln Theatre adaptation features music and dance by playwright Stephen Sharkey. Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham directs the world premiere, which began performances October 26.

Read what the critics had to say below.

Daily Mail (Patrick Marmion)
Evening Standard (Henry Hitchings)
The Guardian (Michael Billington)
The Independent (Paul Taylor)
New York Times (Matt Wolf)
Variety (Matt Trueman)

Set against London’s racial and cultural tapestry, White Teeth is a fast-paced journey through history, different cultures, and chance encounters. The story itself is rooted in the Kiln's northwest London neighborhood of Kilburn and is billed by the theatre as an "an extraordinary revelry" of the area.

The cast includes Ayesha Antoine as Irie Jones, Michele Austin as Mad Mary, Philip Bird as Des/Marc Perret/Marcus Chalfen, Ayesha Dharker as Alsana Iqbal, Naomi Frederick as Ruth/Poppy/Joyce Chalfen, Tony Jayawardena as Samad Iqbal, Richard Lumsden as Archie Jones, Karl Queensborough as Anthony /Denise/Josh Chalfen, Sid Sagar as Magid Iqbal, Amanda Wilkin as Rosie Jones, Assad Zaman as Millat Iqbal, and actor-musicians Matthew Churcher, Nenda Neurer, and Zoe West.

White Teeth is scheduled to run through 22 December.

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