Belgrade Theatre preview: My Beautiful Laundrette
My Beautiful Laundrette, Belgrade, Coventry, Oct 29-Nov 2.
Hanif Kureishi's groundbreaking 1985 film will be re-imagined for the stage this autumn in a new co-production from the Belgrade and three partners, the Curve in Leicester, Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre, and Leeds Playhouse.
Set against the backdrop of the Thatcher years, My Beautiful Laundrette is the story of young Omar, who is targeted by a racist gang and recognises his old school friend Johnny amongst them. When Omar's uncle hands over his laundrette for his nephew to manage, Omar brings in Johnny to help him. The pair fall in love, but can their relationship survive the pressures of family and the racial tensions of the time?
Directed by the Curve's artistic director Nikolai Foster, the production features Omar Malik and Jonny Fines in the central roles, with Gordon Warnecke, who played Omar in the Oscar-nominated film, cast as his alcoholic father.
Hamish Glen, the Belgrade's artistic director, said, "My Beautiful Laundrette forms part of our ongoing efforts to reach and retain new audiences, and with the support of our co-producers we hope to strengthen the relationships we have already begun to develop with the Midlands' diverse communities, particularly as Coventry moves towards its year as City of Culture in 2021."
Tickets from the Belgrade box office on 024 7655 3055 or at www.belgrade.co.uk