Casting announced for My Beautiful Laundrette

Posted on 24 April 2019

Following the announcement of our forthcoming co-production of Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette with Curve Leicester, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse, today we’re thrilled to announce full casting for the show.

Based on the groundbreaking 1985 film of the same name, My Beautiful Laundrette tells the story of a young British Pakistani named Omar who transforms his uncle’s rundown laundrette into a thriving business, with the help of Johnny, an old school friend turned lover.

Gordon Warnecke, who starred as Omar in the film alongside Daniel Day-Lewis as Johnny, will return to the story in this brand new stage adaptation, this time taking on the role of Papa, Omar’s alcoholic father. Leading the show as Omar and Johnny respectively will be Omar Malik ( East is East, Nottingham Playhouse; Gangsta Granny, UK tour) and Jonny Fines ( An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical, Curve and UK tour; Grease, Curve).

Completing the cast are Paddy Daly as Genghis and Dick O’Donnell, Kammy Darweish ( Approaching Empty, UK tour; East is East, Nottingham Playhouse) as Nasser, Hareet Deol as Salim, Nicole Jebeli as Tania, Balvinder Sopal ( Call the Midwife, BBC One; The Deranged Marriage, Rifco Arts) as Bilquis and Moose and Cathy Tyson ( Mona Lisa; The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety, Birmingham Rep; Red Snapper, Belgrade Theatre) as Rachel and Cherry.

Originally directed for the screen by Stephen Frears, My Beautiful Launderette sets its scene against a backdrop of Thatcherite economics, racial tension and political polarisation in the 1980s. After being confronted by a fascist gang, Omar recognises his school-friend Johnny amongst their number and uses their shared history to diffuse the situation.

When Omar’s uncle Nasser hands over a failing laundrette to his nephew to manage, Omar brings Johnny on board to help him fix it up. As they work together on the renovations, love blossoms between them. But can their relationship thrive amidst pressure from Omar’s family and Johnny’s friends? True to form, Hanif Kureishi mixes subversive social realism with his distinctive blend of humour, joy and magic.

My Beautiful Laundrette will be directed by Nikolai Foster and designed by Grace Smart, with lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Tom Marshall and casting by Kay Magson CDG.

The production runs at the Belgrade Theatre from Tuesday 29 October until Saturday 2 November, with tickets due to go on sale soon. Check back to our website for updates.