THE INFIDEL - THE MUSICAL
THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST and ARVIND ETHAN DAVID present
THE INFIDEL - THE MUSICAL
4 Oct - 2 Nov 2014
Don’t miss the brilliantly funny new musical The Infidel as it premieres at Theatre Royal Stratford East this autumn. Based on David Baddiel’s smash hit movie of the same name, this hilarious and heart-warming tale is the ultimate identity crisis comedy.
East End Muslim Mahmoud is an ordinary family man whose life is turned upside down when he discovers that not only is he adopted, but that his birth parents are Jewish. The resulting cultural and religious chaos leads to an uproarious and insightful comedy about race, prejudice, confusion and what it really means to be yourself.
Featuring book and lyrics by David Baddiel and music by Erran Baron Cohen (composer for Borat, Bruno and The Dictator), this edgy new musical is packed full of great new songs including I’m a Jew, Sexy Burka and Put a Fatwa on it.
Critical acclaim for The Infidel, the movie:
‘CLEVER, BRAVE AND VERY, VERY FUNNY’
‘CRACKING, JOYFUL & INSTRUCTIVE.
IT HAS SUCH LARGE THINGS TO SAY… A TOTAL LAUGH’
‘Inventive … very funny.
David Baddiel one of the sharpest and funniest men in Britain’
Booking opens at midday on 28 April.
Previews at 7.30pm
4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 14 Oct - All seats £13
Weekday mats at 2pm (from 22 Oct)
£15/£7 (concessions £10/£5)
Tue – Thu evenings at 7.30pm & Sat mats at 3pm
£19/£16/£13/£11 (concessions £13/£12/£9/£7)
Fri & Sat evenings at 7.30pm & Sun mats at 3pm (Sun mats from 19 Oct)
£24/£21/£15/£13 (concessions £19/£16/£11/£9/£8)
Suitable for 13+
10 tickets for the price of 9 via Box Office (full price tickets only, not available online).
Concessionary rate tickets are available if you are a full-time student, are under 16 years of age, are in receipt of a state pension, employment or disability related benefits or if you are an Equity member.
All concessions are subject to availability, proof of identity and eligibility.
Newham Discount Night
Wed 8 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm
Tickets at £2.50 available for Newham residents who are first-time bookers at Theatre Royal Stratford East (proof of address required). Tickets not available online.
Please note that seats are available for people not booking as part of the Newham Discount Night scheme for this evening. Bookings must be made on the phone or in person at the Box Office.
Alexander Andreou as Arshad
Andrew Paul as Lenny
Gary Wood as Rasheed
Kev Orkian as Mahmoud
Melanie Marshall as Muna
Melanie Masson as Mrs Keyes
Mina Anwar as Saamiyah
Siobhan Athwal as Ji-Ji
Steven Serlin as Rabbi
Writer, Book & Lyrics David Baddiel
Composer Erran Baron Cohen
Additional Material Arvind Ethan David
Directed by David Baddiel and Kerry Michael
Set & Costume Designer Nick Barnes
Choreography by Liam Steel
Musical Supervisor Mike Dixon
Musical Direction by Matt Smith
Lighting Design by Philip Gladwell
Sound Design by Ed Clarke
Projection Design by Dick Straker
Assistant Director Pooja Ghai
Casting Director Anne Vosser
Alex Andreou left a promising career in law - much to the chagrin of his mother - to train as an actor at The Poor School at the tender age of 38. Since then he has played, mostly, very unpleasant people on stage.
Theatre credits include: The Black Album (National Theatre, Bath Royal, Liverpool Playhouse), A Golden Age (Southbank Centre), A View from The Bridge (Manchester Royal Exchange), Socrates and His Clouds (Jermyn Street), Hamlyn (Southwark Playhouse and Space Arts Centre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Ljubljana Arts Festival) and many others, including regular work with the acclaimed Sturdy Beggars Theatre Company (Princess Ivona, The Wolf, Uncle Vanya, Othello, The City).
Film credits include: Legend of The Golden Fishcake and The Wolfman.
Alex made his directing debut with Mamet's Boston Marriage at the Pacific Playhouse. He has taught Shakespeare and directed at The Poor School. With his "writing hat" on, he is a regular contributor to the New Statesman, writes for Radio 4 and weekly for The Guardian. His first novel is due to be published in early 2015.
Mina’s most recent television credits include: Scott and Bailey (Series 4), Moving On (Series 6), In The Club, Remember Me, Happy Valley, Rocket’s Island (Series 1), The Slammer, The Wright Way, House of Anubis (Series 1-3), A Passionate Woman, Scoop (Series 1-3), The Sarah Jane Adventures (Series 2-5), The Invisibles, Shameless, Love Soup, Coronation Street, Mayo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Best Friends, Doctors and Nurses, The Thin Blue Line (Series 1-2).
Theatre credits include: Star Cross’d (Oldham Coliseum), Hard Times (Library Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Nottingham Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nottingham Playhouse), The Vagina Monologues (Arts Theatre London/National Tour), Gilamesh, Too Much Too Young (London Bubble), Talent (No. 1 Tour), King Lear (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Skeleton (Soho Theatre) and The Iron Man (Young Vic).
Film credits include: The Infidel and Maybe Baby.
Siobhan excelled in both her training at The BRIT School and Arts Ed London School Of Musical Theatre, Graduating with BA (Hons) on a full Scholarship.
Theatre Credits Include: Pinky in Bend It Like Beckham (Workshop, directed by Gurinder Chadha, Kate Gollege, Howard Goodall), Jihad in The Infidel (Workshops 1 and 2,Theatre Royal Stratford East), Luce in Viva Forever (Picadilly Theatre), where Siobhan received outstanding personal reviews, Viva Forever (Workshops 1 and 2, proudly creating the role of Luce), Joanne in Rent, (Dayle James Productions), ), Frl. Grossenbustenhalter in Spring Awakening, Billie in Our House and Madonna in Madonna (Arts Ed), Tiger Lilly in Peter Pan (Uk Productions) Featured Dancer in the special arrangement of Broadway To West End (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Featured Singer in Sunday Night Live (Her Majesty's Theatre)
Film credits include: Walking On Sunshine (IM Global, Vertigo Films) and Sita Oh Sita (Leopard Films).
Television credits include: EastEnders (BBC1), Olivier Awards (ITV), Pixie Lott, (Colgate Commercial), Booty Luv (MTV Music Video) and Jessie J (MTV Music Video, directed by Emil Nava).
Siobhan is thrilled to be a part of the original cast of The Infidel – The Musical, dedicating her performance to those who enabled her journey to be possible.
Theatre credits include: Bertha in Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic), Vocalist in Monty Python Reunion Concerts (O2), Vocalist in National Theatre’s 50th Anniversary (NT), Funmilayo in FELA! directed by Bill T Jones (National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, New York, World Tour), The Mikado in Craig Revel Horwood’s Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre, UK Tour), Maria in Porgy and Bess directed by Trevor Nunn (Glyndebourne Opera, Savoy Theatre), Miss Sherman in Fame (Aldwych Theatre), featured Vocalist in Elsa Canesta and L'eveil (Rambert Dance Company) and Madam Butler & Miss Mamie in Simply Heavenly (Trafalgar Studios) Diva in the Fat Lady Sings with Kit and the Widow (UK/World Tour) Ada Barnum in Alan Plater's Rent Party (Stratford East Theatre) Aint Misbehavin' (Tricycle and Lyric Theatres) Cindy Lou and Frankie in Carmen Jones (Crucible & Old Vic Theatres) Showboat (Opera North/UK tour) Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic/Savoy Theatres)
Concert credits include: Guest Vocal Soloist in Christmas Concert with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Guest Vocal Soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Orchestras, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Guest Vocal Soloist in Feel the Spirit at Carnegie Hall (Mid America Productions) and Bermuda Festival with her pianist Jason Thompson.
Workshop credits include: Louise Brown in Ghost the Musical (Directed by Matthew Warchus) and featured Singer in Murder in The Cathedral (Wilton’s Music Hall).
TV, film and radio credits include: Vocal Soloist in Wide Sargasso Sea (Kudos), Susan
Hibert in Casualty, Vocal Soloist for Songs of Praise and Silent Witness (BBC Television) featured Singer in Alice in Wonderland (B.S Films Ltd.) Friday Night is Music Night and Vocal soloist in 75th Birthday celebration for Stephen Sondheim (Radio 2), In Tune (Radio 3) and Woman’s Hour (Radio 4)
Recording credits include: Solo Jazz Album Cocktail, featured Vocal Soloist in Feel the Spirit, (a song cycle of specially arranged Negro Spirituals by John Rutter), A Christmas Festival, Messiah and Distant Land (Collegium Records), West Side Story (50th Anniversary for Universal) Porgy & Bess and Wonderful Town conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and Poetry in Motion composed and accompanied by Clement Ishmael.
Melanie Masson trained at Queen Margaret University for Music and Drama.
She is known for her powerhouse performances on ITV'sX Factor reaching the live shows in 2012 with her mentor Gary Barlow.
Theatre credits include: Delores in Peggy Sue Got Married (Paul Elliot Productions, The Shaftsbury Theatre), Mary Lou in Jailhouse Rock (Theatre Partners, The Picadillly Theatre), as herself in What a Feeling (Flying Music Productions, National Tour), the title role of LV in the Rise and Fall of Little Voice (ITF productions), Dick Whittington (title role) (Tyne Theatre, Opera House), Sleeping Beauty (Fairy) (Wyvern Theatre, Qdos Pantos), Maria in Twelfth Night, P.I.S.H. the musical with her husband Forbes Masson and also her own sell out show at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival.
Television credits includes: Celebrity Juice, This Morning,The High Road, Taggart, Top of The Pops and a worldwide Nokia ad.
Melanie was signed to EMI records and has recorded and toured with many artists including The Stereophonics, Pink, Norman Cook, Kasabian, Mike Batt, Don Black, David Essex, Sean Ryder, Russell Watson, Sheena Easton, Larry Adler, Bettye Lavette, Leo Sayer and Mark Owen.
She has achieved two top 40 singles as a featured vocalist on records by WiFi, Be Without You and The Bassheads, Who Can Make Me Feel Good?
Melanie has recently been nominated for a Capital FM best newcomer award.
She will be working with John Barrowman in a Christmas arena show (Glasgow's SECC) and is currently recording her debut album.
Kev Orkian is without question one the UK's finest entertainers and an internationally acclaimed award winning comedy pianist.
An accomplished actor, singer and musician, his extensive and diverse experience includes West-End musicals, national tours, international stand-up comedy shows, film & television credits, and concert performances.
Blending his natural comedic timing and off-beat humour, Kev is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest comedy pianists and has shared the stage with numerous showbusiness legends including Lionel Richie, Dame Edna Everage and Matt Lucas.
During the past year the world tour of Kev’s one-man shows, has seen him delight capacity audiences all over the world, including a residency in Las Vegas. For the past three years he has hosted a world televised Telethon event in Los Angeles and headlined South Africa’s prestigious Funny Festival for a fifth consecutive year.
A proud patron to the British Forces Foundation, Kev is frequently invited to entertain UK forces personnel at home and overseas. More recently in Afghanistan where he shared the stage with fellow performers Katherine Jenkins OBE and James Blunt.
Andrew Paul is a familiar TV face, best known for playing P.C Dave Quinnan in The Bill (1987 – 2002) and Billy Boothe in Where the Heart Is (2003-2006). Most recently Andrew played the role of Inspector Salinger in Dracula (NBC/Sky).
Other Television & Film credits include: Lewis, The Telemachy, EastEnders, Holby City, Missing Persons, Inspector Morse, A Vote for Hitler, Gentlemen and Players, Bellman and True,Slinger's Day, Mrs. Capper's Birthday, The Ties of Blood,Tripper's Day,The Pirates of Penzance,The Setbacks, Going Out, The Day of the Triffids, Time of My Life, The Sweeney,The Losers, Premiere, Out, Scum, Shadows, 2nd House, Shades of Greene, and Alan Parker’s Film Bugsy Malone.
Theatre credits include:Double Death (UK tour), The Devil at Midnight (UK tour), Dry Rot (UK tour), Von Ribbontrop's Watch (Watford Palace), Blame (Theatre Royal York/Sphinx), The Maintenance Man (UK Tour), Confusions (Theatre Royal Windsor), Things We Do For Love (National Tour/ Theatre Royal Windsor), Cider With Rosie (Queens Hornchurch), Are You Sitting Comfortably (Farnham), When Your Bottles Gone in SE1 (Soho Theatre), Groping for Words (Croydon Warehouse), If You Want to Know What Heavens Like (Albany Empire)and Remember Me (Theatre Royal Stratford).
Gary trained at Performers College and has made some high profile Theatre appearances since leaving.
Theatre credits include: Wicked (Apollo Victoria), 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Hello, Dolly! (Leicester Curve). Gary then went on to play Prince Chululongkorn in The King and I (Leicester Curve), Angel in Rent (Greenwich) for a special season and was then cast as Paul in the eagerly awaited revival of A Chorus Line (Palladium) in which he received great personal notices. He most recently played the lead Harry in the revival of Nöel Coward's Ace of Clubs (Union Theatre).
Film credits includes: The motion picture World War Z starring Brad Pitt.
Steven is delighted to be a part of the Original Company for The Infidel, The Musical at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Earlier this year he could be seen creating the part of Vladimir in the new musical, I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium.
Other Theatre Credits include: Sleeping Arrangements (Landor Theatre), Mack and Mabel (Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Aylesbury), Monkee Business, Tap Fever, Our House, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Elvis the Musical, (UK Tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House), Company (Southwark Playhouse), Arsenic and Old Lace (Salisbury Playhouse), Dick Whittington (Stoke), Oscar’s World (Above the Stag Theatre), Imagine This (WestEnd and Plymouth Theatre Royal), Chess In Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Desperately Seeking Susan, Sir Peter Hall’s Piaf, Grease (West End), Saturday Night Fever (West End and 1st National Tour), Treasure Island (Lincoln Theatre Royal), Boogie Nights (West End and Tour), Scrooge The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Copacabana, Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat, A Slice Of Saturday Night (Tour), Ken Hill’s Zorro (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Jesus Christ Superstar (25th Anniversary Tour), Chess (1st National Tour), Bedroom Farce, Godspell, Popcorn, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Rep).
Television and Film credits include: Frank Stubbs Promotes, Inspector Poirot, The Bill, Xbox Game Viral, Casualty, A Touch of Frost, Royal Variety Show and a Subway Commercial, Musical Star (Film Short), Shoreditch.
Co-Directors David Baddiel and Kerry Michael
Kev Orkian (Mahmoud) and Mina Anwar (Saamiyah).
Kev Orkian & Andrew Paul (Mahmoud and Lenny).
Kev Orkian, Mina Anwar & David Baddiel.
Andrew & Kev
Thursday 23rd October - 7.30pm
Friday 24th October - 7.30pm
Friday 31st October - 7.30pm
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We’ve compiled a little guide to The Infidel The Musical, answering some of the key questions we’ve been asked over the past few months and some we haven’t but that we thought would be useful to jot down.
If there’s anything else you want to know about this production, please do feel free to get in touch with us via social media, give us a call at the box office, or pop into the theatre and say hello.
Tel: 020 8534 0310
Twitter @Stratfordeast #infidelmusical
WHAT IS THE INFIDEL THE MUSICAL?
It’s our new musical for the autumn, written by comedian and author David Baddiel and composer Erran Baron Cohen. It’s the ultimate identity crisis comedy.
HOW HAS THE MUSICAL COME ABOUT?
Originally, The Infidel was a film, starring Omid Djalili in the lead role. It was well received and liked here among general cinema goers, and particularly among Muslim and Jewish audiences because it portrayed them on the big screen in a everyday ‘London way’. They saw their own lives, cultures, concerns and senses of humour reflected back at them. Here at Theatre Royal Stratford East this is a key part of what we do. We draw huge creative inspiration from our local community and reflect it back to them with the work we put on our stage. This is something that was begun by Joan Littlewood in the 1950s and we’re proud to continue that today. We want our audiences to relate to what we’re putting on, we want it to speak to them, and we want them to be entertained.
WHAT IS THE STORY ABOUT?
Mahmoud is an East End British Muslim, an ordinary family man striving to be a good father to his son and a good husband to his wife. His life is shaken upon the death of his mother when he discovers that he was adopted shortly after birth and his birth parents were Jewish. Does this major discovery change who Mahmoud really is? Does it alter how he should conduct himself in his everyday life? He embarks on a journey of discovery in an effort to reconnect with his birth father, and on the way meets new friends and learns what it really means to be yourself. Mahmoud has his own perceptions and prejudices challenged, and goes on to discover that sometimes the same values can underpin a wide range of communities, whether you’re black or white, Muslim or Jewish.
ARE YOU MAKING FUN OF PEOPLE’S RELIGIONS OR CULTURES?
No, but we do poke fun at prejudice and intolerance.
IS THIS A ‘MESSAGE’ PIECE? SOUNDS SERIOUS…
No, it’s a piece of comedy, musical entertainment. But, if it serves to start a debate, spark conversation and challenge prejudices and preconceptions, then that’s great.
WHY MAKE IT INTO A MUSICAL?
‘Storywise, the reason to do a musical must be clear. There must be points in the narrative when, for whatever reason, it makes more emotional sense for the characters, instead of speaking, to burst into song’.
There are some very funny scenes in the movie where you could imagine them bursting into song in a scene reminiscent of a great Bollywood movie. The story, the characters and the comedy all lend themselves to the musical treatment, so here it is!
WHO IS THIS SHOW FOR?
For anyone who loves musicals, comedies, new writing, theatre etc. Although it does contain some strong language, so we’d recommend it for those over 15 years of age. However parents know better than we do, so if you want to bring younger people to come and see it we’ll leave that decision with you.
WILL I KNOW ANYONE IN THE CAST?
The brilliant funnyman KEV ORKIAN plays the lead role of Mahmoud, joined by the wonderful MINA ANWAR as Mahmoud’s wife Saamiya (she was also in the film as Muna) and the very familiar face of ANDREW PAUL as Lenny. They’re supported by a multi-talented cast featuring Alexander Andreou, Siobhan Athwal, Melanie Marshall, Melanie Masson, Steve Serlin and Gary Wood. Click on the link below to see more information on all our cast members, they’re all great and we’re really delighted to have them on board.
Cast and Creatives
WHAT’S THE MUSIC LIKE?
All the music is brand new, written especially for the piece by composer Erran Baron Cohen. Genres explored are diverse and include soul, rock and Ska.