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London News Wise Children's The Buddha of Suburbia Will Transfer to the Barbican

Adapted from Hanif Kureishi's novel, the Emma Rice-penned play premiered at Royal Shakespeare Company earlier this year.

Wise Children's new stage show The Buddha of Suburbia, adapted from Hanif Kureishi's novel by Wise Children Artistic Director Emma Rice, will get a London transfer after premiering at Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon earlier this year. Performances will begin at the Barbican Theatre October 22, with opening night set for October 29. The run will continue through November 16.

Set in the 1970s, the work follows mixed-race teenager Karim on a quest to escape the suburbs of South London for London proper, a journey that ends with a theatrical career and a quick jaunt across the pond, too.

The stage production features scenic design by Rachana Jadhav, costume design by Vicki Mortimer, lighting design by Jai Morjaria, sound and video design by Simon Baker, music by Niraj Chag, choreography by Etta Murfitt, and fight direction by Jev McCurdy. Casting, to be announced, is by Matthew Dewsbury.

“I have truly loved making this show, and spending time immersed in Hanif’s laugh-out-loud funny, rude, and anarchic world," says Rice in a statement. "His razor-sharp wit is The Buddha of Suburbia’s secret weapon, but beneath the jokes lies deep, profound, and pure love. In the rehearsal room, I was moved to tears daily by this powerful and political piece, and I am absolutely thrilled that it is transferring to the Barbican. I want as many people as possible to experience this joyful production—especially this iconic London novel’s home crowd. I cannot wait!"

“I worked on this idea with Emma for a while, without much of a notion of what it would actually look or sound like," adds Kureishi. "Emma is a wonderfully visual director; her shows are great to look at. But I believe that if you are lucky enough to work with an artist like her, you must let them be as creative and as original as they want to be. And so, when I finally got to see the show, live streamed to my computer at home, I fell in love with it straight away: the color, costumes, music, and, of course, her brilliant casting. I was delighted by the response to the show, both from the critics and from the audience, who always had a good time. Now I am very excited to see the show in another iteration at the Barbican, in front I hope, of a young and diverse London crowd. We want to give them as good a time as the patrons in Stratford had; and I’m sure Emma’s work, and that of the brilliant actors she has cast, will resonate with a new audience.”

Tickets go on sale beginning July 5 for Wise Children supporters, with a general sale beginning July 9. Visit Barbican.org.uk.

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