The Village

The Village

★★★★★ 'Outstanding, an enthralling production.’ Morning Star

★★★★ 'An impressive, blood-stirring evening.’ The Guardian

★★★★ 'A great piece of storytelling… flat-out wonderful.’ The Times

★★★★ 'Relentlessly gripping… elemental and overwhelming.’ Time Out

★★★★ 'Anya Chalotra gives a cracking performance.’ The Telegraph

★★★★ 'Striking use of movement and music.’ Financial Times

★★★★ 'A vivid, wrenching adaptation.’ The Observer

★★★★ The Sunday Times

‘Breathtaking… something between a Holi parade and a riot… a revolutionary theatre’ The Stage

'A vibrant and committed production.’ Whastonstage

Village life for Jyoti is simple: the people work hard, sing and live off the earth. She would much rather devour a delicious meal than think about a suitable partner. But when the Inspector and his men arrive back in town, things quickly begin to sour. The Inspector’s reign of terror sees him commit unspeakable acts against the village with young Jyoti in his sights, pushing everyone to breaking point. Will she dare scorn his advances?

This new adaptation by April De Angelis of Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna, is transported to contemporary India, and set against a backdrop of political unrest. Nadia Fall directs The Village which opens her inaugural season as Artistic Director of Stratford East.

The Village is a call for courage in the face of tyranny and a warning shot to corrupt authority. 

Take a look at our blog to see what's inspired THE VILLAGE.

Our ticket prices increase as the theatre fills. We always recommend booking early to secure the best seats at the best price.

Rehearsal photos (c) Scott Rylander. Production photos (c) Johan Persson.




Access & Events

Time: 7.30pm (matinees on select days 2.30pm)
Price: From £10 
Runtime: 2 hours including an interval
Age Guidance: 14+ (see trigger warnings)
 £10 tickets for under 26s.
Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.

Access performances:
BSL Performance - Thu 4 Oct, 7.30pm (interpreted by Jacqui Beckford)
Captioned Performance – Fri 5 Oct, 7.30pm (captioning by Suzanne Walker)
Audio Described Performance – Sat 6 Oct, 2.30pm (AD by Ruth James and Alison Clarke)

Please note that strobe lighting is used in this production.

Post-show talks (free):
Wed 19 Sep: Nadia Fall in conversation with April De Angelis, hosted by Tanika Gupta
Thu 4 Oct: Emma Baggott in conversation with the cast (interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts)

Cast and Creative

Writer April De Angelis
Director Nadia Fall
Designer Joanna Scotcher
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant
Movement Director Polly Bennett
Composer Niraj Chag
Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd
Casting Director Amy Ball
Assistant Director Emma Baggott

Harki Bhambra - Gopi
Sudha Bhuchar - Ishani
Anya Chalotra - Jyoti
Ameet Chana - Mango
Neil D’Souza - Ramdev
Souad Faress - Gina
Rina Fatania - Panna
Naeem Hayat - Vihaan
Scott Karim - Farooq
Art Malik - The Inspector
Arian Nik – Mekhal / Babu
Humera Syed - Jacinta
Ragevan Vasan – Ved

National Youth Theatre Chorus: Sofia Cala , Analise Dias, Humaira Iqbal, Lauren Leppard, Roberta Livingston, Zara Ramtohul-Akbur, Ella Shire, Yasmin Twomey


Violin, Harmonium, Vocals - Nawazish Ali-Khan
Bansuri - Robinkumar R Christian
Percussion - Keval Joshi

Harki Bhambra plays Gopi. His theatre credits include Object Love (Dissolve Theatre), Mind The Gap (Unity Theatre) and her television credits include Our Girl Series 3, Two Doors DownHospital PeopleDriftersDoctor WhoLondongrad.


Sudha Bhuchar plays Ishani. Her theatre credits include Lions and Tigers (Shakespeare’s Globe), Khandan (Birmingham Rep/Royal Court Theatre), A Fine Balance (Tamasha/Hampstead Theatre) & Haroun & The Sea of Stories (National Theatre). Her television credits include Coronation StreetCasualty, Holby CityThe Living and The DeadDoctorsThe Enfield HauntingVera & three series of Stella. Film credits include Colin's New YearMary Poppins Returns and The Magnificent Eleven. Sudha also works extensively on Radio 4 and in 2017 was in the BBC Radio Drama Company. Credits include My Son The Doctor which she also co wrote (with Saleyha Ahsan). Sudha is also a playwright, co-founder of Tamasha and recently launched her new company Bhuchar Boulevard with a revival of her play Child of the Divide. Other writing credits include Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral and Strictly Dandia (with Kristine Landon-Smith), My Name is...which she also adapted for Radio 4, The House of Bilquis Bibi (a transposition to Pakistan of Lorca's The House of Bernada Alba) & Balti Kings (with Shaheen Khan).


Anya Chalotra plays Jyoti. Anya is a recent graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe). Her television credits include The ABC MurdersSherwood and Wanderlust.


Ameet Chana plays Mango. His theatre credits include What Shadows (Edinburgh Lyceum/Park Theatre London), Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep/Theatre Royal Stratford East), Happy Birthday Sunita (Watford Palace Theatre/UK and International tour), The Djinns of Eidgah and Behind the Image: The Spiral (Royal Court Theatre), Papa Was a Bus Conductor Innit (Lyric Hammersmith), Crazy Horse (Paines Plough) and Voices In The Wind (National Theatre). His television credits include DoctorsCasualtyEastEndersHolby CityThe League of GentlemenRoger Roger and The Accused. His film credits include Trendy, The Black PrinceJab Tak Hai JaanRun, Fat Boy, RunBend It Like Beckham.


Neil D’Souza plays Ramdev. His theatre include Beginners (Unicorn Theatre), The Hypocrite, Much Ado About Nothing, Midnight’s Children (RSC), The Dishonoured (Kali Theatre), Coming Up (Watford Palace Theatre), How to Hold Your Breath, Khandan (Royal Court Theatre), Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre), Protozoa/Oikos (The Red Room), Herge’s Adventures of Tintin (West End), The Man of Mode (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (West End). On TV, he is a semi-regular in Humans and In The Long Run. Other TV includes Informer, Thanks for the Memories, EastEnders, Not Safe for Work, Citizen Khan, Friday Night Dinner, Doctors, Hustle and Holby City. His film credits include Filth, Still Life, Closed Circuit, Jadoo, Another Me, Wild Target.


Souad Faress plays Gina. Theatre credits include Goats and A Curse (Royal Court Theatre), Chilcot (The Lowry/BAC/NT Studios), Tiger Country and Sugar and Snow (Hampstead Theatre), The House of Bernada Alba (Almeida Theatre), The Permanent Way (Out of Joint/Sydney Theatre Company/ National Theatre Company), Homebody/Kabul (Cheek by Jowl/Young Vic. Her television credits include Game of ThronesApple Tree HouseBrief EncountersBerlin StationSense8Cabbage & PatchVeraMaking of a LadyUtopiaHuntedSilent WitnessHolby CityLaw & Order. Her film credits include Christopher RobinBridget Jones's BabySixth HappinessMy Beautiful Launderette and Bhaji on the Beach.


Rina Fatania plays Panna. Theatre Credits include The Tin Drum (UK Tour), Oliver Twist (Regents Park, Open Air Theatre), Roller Diner (Soho Theatre), Anita & Me (UK Tour), Sinbad the SailorLove N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Paradise of the Assassins (Tara Arts), Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh Theatre Company UK & International tour), Mummyji Presents (Birmingham Rep), The Empress (RSC), Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells/ UK Tour), Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK Tour), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Hampstead Theatre & UK Tour) and several pantomimes. Her film credits include Raabta, Digital-Mummji PresentsMumbai Charlie and Travel Londoner. Radio credits include Bindi Business, Baby Farming, We Are WaterOceans Unite Us and Silver Street, all for the BBC.


Naeem Hayat plays Vihaan. His theatre credits include Sonnet WalksThe Captive Queen, Globe 2 Globe world tour of Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Faster-Higher-Stronger-Straighter (Dominion Studio). Film includes Duperie, Undercliffe.


Scott Karim plays Farooq. His theatre credits include The Country Wife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Young Marx (The Bridge Theatre), ImogenThe Merchant of Venice (The Globe), King Lear (Royal & Derngate, and UK Tour), Brave New World (Royal & Derngate, and UK Tour), The Invisible (The Bush), DaraGreat BritainOthello (National Theatre). His television credits include Electric DreamsBritanniaHolby City and film includes White Girl.


Art Malik plays The Inspector. His theatre credits include A Man For All Seasons and Equus (Liverpool Playhouse), Aliens (Soho Theatre), Art (Wyndham’s Theatre), Cymbeline (Royal Exchange), Destiny and Timon of Athens (Bristol Old Vic), Great Expectations (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Heroes (UK Tour), Indian Ink (Aldwych Theatre), Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company), Romeo and JulietThe 88 Prospect and The Government Inspector (The Old Vic), The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre / Broadway) and Trial Run (Young Vic / Oxford Playhouse). Recent television credits include The Woman in White, Bancroft, Sherlock IV, Coldfeet, Goodness Gracious Me special, Indian Summers series 2, Arthur and GeorgeUndercoverHomeland series 4, BorgiaNew TricksUpstairs DownstairsMasterpiece MysteryPoirotThe NativityBen Hur and Lewis. Recent film credits include Halal DaddyThe EscapeThe InfiltratorDianaBhaag Mikha BhaagJohn CarterGhosted, Mirzya, Sex and the City 2WolfmanHotel and Franklyn.


Arian Nik plays Mekhal. His theatre credits include The Ugly One (Park Theatre) and The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca (Hull Truck). He has recently wrapped on the feature film Artemis Fowl for Disney.


Humera Syed plays Jacinta. Her theatre credits include The Arabian Nights (Royal Lyceum Theatre) and Anita And Me (No 1 Tour).


Ragevan Vasan plays Ved. His theatre credits include Hurling Rubble At The Sun/Moon (Park Theatre), Love For LoveQueen Anne (RSC). His television credits include Save MeFortitudeThe StateCuffsDoctors. Her film credits include DumboWalk Like a PantherDaphneThe Last Witness.



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