Cheap East Is East tickets at the Trafalgar Studios 1
Jane Horrocks stars as Ella and the play's award-winning writer Ayub Khan-Din as George 'Genghis' Khan in East Is East, the '70s-set modern comedy classic about growing up in multiracial England. One of the best and best-loved Britflicks of the '90s, Khan-Din originally wrote the piece for the stage. His casting in the central male role gives it extra resonance.
Following the success of Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season last year, East Is East is part of Trafalgar Transformed 2, a season of politically-charged, socially conscious theatre located in the Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall. The season aims to thrill audiences while stimulating open debate and dialogue around the issues central to each play.
Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan – ‘Genghis’ to his kids - is determined to give said offspring a strict Muslim upbringing in the unforgiving locale of 1970s Salford.
Household tensions reach breaking point as his long-suffering English wife Ella gets caught in the crossfire, her loyalties divided between her marriage and the free will of her children.
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Trafalgar Studio One Seat Plan
Choose your seats from the plan of the Trafalgar Studio One above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:
The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.
Trafalgar Studio One
The Trafalgar Studios are situated in London’s Whitehall, close to Charing Cross rail and tube station. Built in 1930, the two studios—Studio 1 with 380 seats and Studio 2 with 100 seats—had originally been a single auditorium before they were converted in the early 2000s.
The Trafalgar Studios originally opened as the Whitehall Theatre on September 29 1930 with a play by Walter Hackett called The Way to Treat a Woman. The theatre later became closely identified with Brian Rix’s Whitehall Farces, which began playing there in the 1950s and continued through to the end of the 1960s.
By the end of the 1970s new owner Paul Raymond had turned the theatre, without permission, into a military museum for tourists called The Theatre Of War. Raymond got into severe trouble with Westminster Council. An inquiry followed, which has ultimately led to the preservation of the theatre, and other London theatres, since then.
Between 1997 and 1999 the theatre served as a radio and television studio. The BBC’s Live from London and Jack Docherty’s talk show were both broadcast from here during this time. It later returned to theatrical use.
In 2003 the space was converted into The Trafalgar Studios. This involved splitting the theatre into two separate auditoriums. Studio One occupies the space that was once the dress circle. It is the larger of the two spaces and opened a year prior to Studio Two.
The layout, size and atmosphere of the Trafalgar Studios One make it the perfect place to see plays and musicals in an intimate environment. Recent successes include End of the Rainbow, Ordinary Days, Being Shakespeare, Top Girls, Three Days in May and Yes, Prime Minister.
Whatever you decide to see at the Trafalgar Studio One, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.
Venue Address: 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DYView Map
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