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 Nassir 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:


The Guardian



Evening Standard 

‘Inventive … very funny.

David Baddiel one of the sharpest and funniest men in Britain’

The Observer


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 

Fri 3 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
Mina Anwar as Saamiyah
Siobhan Athwal as Ji-Ji
Melanie Marshall as Muna
Melanie Masson as Mrs Keyes
Kev Orkian as Mahmoud
Andrew Paul as Lenny
Gary Wood as Rasheed
Steven Serlin as Rabbi

Creative Team

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 Nick Straker
Assistant Director Pooja Ghai
Casting Director Anne Vosser


Cast Biogs

Alexander Andreou

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 includeThe 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 Anwar

Mina’s most recent television credits includeScott 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 includeStar 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 Athwal

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.

Melanie Marshall

Theatre Credits include: Vocalist in Monty Python Reunion Concerts (O2 NT 50th Anniversary, National Theatre), Funmilayo in FELA! (National Theatre, directedby Bill T Jones, New York & World Tour), The Mikado in Craig Revel Horwood’s Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre, UK Tour), Bayo in Any Which Way (Directed byMaggie Norris), Maria in Porgy and Bess (Trevor Nunn, Savoy Theatre), MissSherman in Fame (Aldwych Theatre), featured Vocalist in Beatlemania (West EndInternational), featured Vocalist in Elsa Canesta (Rambert Dance Co.), MadamButler & Miss Mamie in Simply Heaven (Trafalgar Studios).

Concert credits include: Guest Vocal Soloist in Christmas Concert with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Guest Vocal Soloist with the Halle Orchestra.

Workshops credits include: Louise Brown in Ghost the Musical (Directed by Matthew Warchus), featured Singer in Murder in The Cathedral (Wilton’s Music Hall), featured Vocalist in Feel the Spirit at Carnegie Hall (Mid America Productions).

TV and Film Credits include: Vocal Soloist in Wide Sargasso Sea (Kudos), Susan

Hibert in Casualty, Vocal Soloist for Songs of Praise (BBC Television) featured= Singer in Alice in Wonderland (B.S Films Ltd.).

Recording Credits include: featured vocalist for Feel the Spirit at Carnegie Hall, A Classical Recording (Regent Records), A Christmas FestivalMessiah and Distant Lands (Collegium Records).

Melanie Masson
Mrs Keyes

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

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 

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 Wood

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 Serlin 

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 ShowCopacabana, 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 VoiceA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Rep).

Television and Film credits include: Frank Stubbs Promotes, Inspector PoirotThe BillXbox Game ViralCasualty, A Touch of Frost, Royal Variety Show and a Subway Commercial, Musical Star (Film Short), Shoreditch.


Thursday 23rd October - 7.30pm

Friday 24th October - 7.30pm

Friday 31st October - 7.30pm

The Infidel - The Musical

The Infidel - The Musical


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