BOLD Theatre to present world premiere of new comedy play with songs The Foreigners’ Panto

BOLD Theatre will present the world premiere of Shani Erez’ political comedy play with songs The Foreigners’ Panto.

The production will open at the new theatre space in London in from 3 October – 28 October 2023.

Written by Middle Eastern theatre maker Shani Erez and based on her personal experience of facing deportation from the UK, The Foreigners’ Panto has original songs with music composed by Tomer Run & Shani Erez.

Created by an internationally diverse team and performed by a 1st & 2nd generation immigrant acting company, The Foreigners’ Panto takes a British classic, reclaims it and turns it on its head.

The cast will be led by Vikash Bhai (Limbo Film 4 Productions, Crossfire BBC and McMafia BBC/AMC) who will play Lord Villain. He is joined by Suzy Kohane (Hexenhammer Vault Festival, The Secret Life of Humans English Theatre of Frankfurt) as Benedict Bumbercatch, Fabrizio Matteini (Medici – Masters of Florence Netflix, La Strada West End) as Dame Foreign, Gabriel Paul (Windfall Southwark Playhouse, Macbeth Leeds Playhouse, The Play That Goes Wrong West End & UK Tours) as John Constable, Aliya Roberts (Singapore Lyric Opera, Oak3Films and Mediacorp) as Zara Foreign and Amanda Vilanova (Fox Old Red Lion, Closer Vienna English Theatre) as Visa the Cow.

Love pantos? With original songs & music, comedy routine and your classic/mandatory audience participation, this show is just for you!

Hate them? That’s great, because The Foreigners’ Panto is not a panto. Alongside the joy and silliness, the play offers sharp insights and questions into Britishness and immigrant experience in this country.

Have no idea what pantos are? Wonderful! Because neither does the company. In fact, they can’t even get the dates right..

The production is directed by Shani Erez, Marianne Badrichani and Sarah Goddard and features design by Sammy Dowson.

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