My Beautiful Laundrette tour

Currently touring until 6 April 2024

Based on Hanif Kureishi's Oscar-nominated film, Curve's production of Hanif Kureishi's piece unfolds the tale of Omar, a young British Pakistani man, who breathes new life into his uncle's dilapidated laundry business.

Jonny Fines as Johnny and Omar Malik as Omar in My Beautiful Laundrette in 2019.
Jonny Fines as Johnny and Omar Malik as Omar in My Beautiful Laundrette in 2019. Credit: Ellie Kurttz

Acclaimed play My Beautiful Laundrette is heading out on a new UK tour.

Curve’s production of Hanif Kureishi’s piece will open in Leicester before visiting venues across the UK in 2024.

Located in the tumultuous setting of London during the Thatcher era, My Beautiful Laundrette unfolds the tale of Omar, a young British Pakistani man, who breathes new life into his uncle’s dilapidated laundry business. Following an aggressive encounter with a gang espousing racist views, Omar forges an unexpected romantic bond with Johnny, a former schoolmate and a member of a fascist skinhead group.

The narrative blooms amidst the stark realities of racial strife, burgeoning nationalism, spiraling inflation, economic downturn, and political instability. In this environment, the romance between Omar and Johnny takes root as they collaborate to revitalize the South London laundrette.

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Gordon Warnecke, who played Omar in Stephen Frear’s Oscar-nominated 1985 film of the same name, returns to the drama as Omar’s wise but world-weary Papa.

Lucca Chadwick-Patel (Millennials, The Other Palace) will play Omar, while Sam Mitchell (To Kill a Mockingbird, Gielgud Theatre) will play Omar’s fascist former school-friend, Johnny.

The 2024 tour will see the return of Kammy Darweish (Linck & Mulhahn, Hampstead Theatre) as Omar’s enterprising Thatcherite uncle Nasser, Paddy Daly (New Blood, BBC One) as right-wing thug Genghis and Hareet Deol (Ackley Bridge, Channel 4) will reprise his WhatsOnStage Award nominated performance as Salim, Nasser’s right-hand man.

Completing the company are Emma Bown (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Duke of York’s Theatre), playing the roles of Nasser’s lover, Rachel, and skinhead, Moose, and Sharan Phull (Pink Sari Revolution, The Importance of Being Earnest, Scrooge the Musical, all at Curve) as Nasser’s daughter, Tania.

My Beautiful Laundrette is based on Hanif Kureishi’s seminal film from 1985, which received an Oscar nomination and is notable for its cultural impact. The theatrical rendition is enhanced by original compositions from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys.

This new UK tour is helmed by director Nicole Behan, from Nikolai Foster’s previous 2019 staging of the play.

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