Rifco announces new musical Laila

Rifco announces new musical Laila

9 November 2015

Rifco, Watford Palace Theatre and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch present Laila - The Musical.

From the creators of award-winning musical Britain’s Got Bhangra comes a new contemporary musical - Laila. Writer and Director Pravesh Kumar (The Deranged Marriage, There’s Something About Simmy), Music Composer Sumeet Chopra (Break the Floorboards) and Lyricist Dougal Irvine (Departure Lounge, In Touch) have come together for a retelling of the greatest eastern love story - Laila Majnu.

Originating in 7th century Persia, the bittersweet story of star-crossed lovers has been passed down through verse and song over centuries. It was popularized by 12th century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi with his version Layla u Majnun and British poet Lord Byron described the story as the “Romeo and Juliet of the east”. Predating Shakespeare’s play by 700 years, it is said to have inspired the bard’s tragic love story.

The story of young love and feuding families is being given a modern musical twist by the Laila creative team.

Artistic Director of Rifco Pravesh Kumar said today:

“Laila Majnu is one of the oldest love stories but has rarely been told in the west. The story has travelled across borders and generations through music and verse and is a natural musical. I wanted to share this beautiful story and look at the timeless themes of love and honour in today's multicultural Britain.”  

The production opens at Watford Palace Theatre on 7th April 2016 before touring to The New Wolsey Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre, Queen’s Theatre, Theatre Royal Windsor and The Lowry. See full tour dates below.

Visit show page: Laila - The Musical


Written & Directed by: Pravesh Kumar

Music by: Sumeet Chopra

Lyrics by: Dougal Irvine

Set Designer: Libby Watson

Costume Designer: Andy Kumar

Lighting Designer: Philip Gladwell

Sound Designer: Ben Harrison

Movement Director: Cressida CarrĂ©

Musical Director, Orchestration and Arrangements: Benjamin Holder

Casting Director: Debbie O'Brien

Puppets Designed and Made by: Matthew Robins

Tour Dates:

2 - 17 April  Watford Palace Theatre (On sale now)

01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk  

27 - 30 April  The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (On sale now)

01473 295900 wolseytheatre.co.uk  

4 - 8 May  West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (On sale date TBC) 

0113 213 7700 wyp.org.uk  

10 - 15 May  Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (On sale 3 Dec)

024 7652 4524 warwickartscentre.co.uk  

17 - 21 May  Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (On sale date TBC)

01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk  

24 - 28 May  Theatre Royal Windsor (On sale now)

01753 853 888 theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk  

31 May - 4 June  The Lowry, Salford (On sale 27 Nov)

0843 208 6000 thelowry.com  


Press night: 7 April at 7pm, Watford Palace Theatre

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