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Full Cast for 2017 Bring on the Bollywood

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR

BRING ON THE BOLLYWOOD

A British Bollywood romantic comedy from 6th May – 26th August 2017

Full casting has been announced for the brand new Bollywood dance-theatre extravaganza, Bring On The Bollywood. With a dynamic cast of celebrated British Asian performers and young rising stars, the comedic musical of East meets West is set to bring the explosive colour, vibrancy and beauty of classic Bollywood to the British stage.

Bring On The Bollywood is a love letter to traditional Bollywood, innovated for musical theatre aficionados and contemporary Bollywood lovers alike. Reflected in its casting, the fiery heroine Dr. Katrina Pawar will be played by newcomer Nisha Aaliya. Selected from hundreds of auditionees, Nisha Aaliya was discovered in the unlikeliest of circumstances. 

Samir Bhamra, director of Bring On The Bollywood, says of Nisha’s casting: “Andrew Lloyd Webber has rightly slammed the lack of diversity in musical theatre but, for me, the lack of opportunities for young British Asian performers goes much deeper. I discovered our perfect heroine, Nisha, by chance when she attended our auditions as a choreographic assistant. By urging her to audition herself, we have unearthed an exceptional acting talent for Bring On The Bollywood. However, like the majority of young South Asian performers, her only outlets for professional showcasing have been the Bollywood dance competitions. Without clearly defined pathways, formal training, and a diversity of roles, such talents can surely only rely on the chance few musicals that focus on Asian culture for a route into the West End.”

Joining Nisha is Avita Jay (Deepika), whose many theatre credits include: Spare (New Diorama Theatre), Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World (Southwark Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre), Rapunzel (Park Theatre) and Silent Sisters (Hawth Theatre).

Anthony Sahota will play the part of Katrina’s mischievous, betrothed brother, Lucky. Having recently starred as a finalist on Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine (BBC One), Anthony makes his professional acting debut alongside Robby Khela (Ronny). 

Robby Khela’s work in music has seen him support pop acts such as Craig David, Blue, Lemar, Girls Aloud and Misteeq on tour. He re-joins Phizzical Productions for Bring On The Bollywood, having previously appeared in their previous national tour of What You Fancy (2007), a Bollywood adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Twelfth Night.

 

FULL CAST

Nisha Aaliya – KATRINA

Yanick Ghanty – AMIT

Anthony Sahota – LUCKY PAWAR

Avita Jay – KANGNA

Robby Khela – RONNY (and Lyrics)

Rohit Gokani – COLONEL SUNDER PAWAR

Sophie Kandola – REKHA

Sakuntala Ramanee – LALITA PAWAR

Subhash Viman – SHAHRUKH (and Choreography)

Jo Bispham – ENSEMBLE

Mithun Gill – ENSEMBLE

Raheem Mir – ENSEMBLE

Emiko Jane Ishii – ENSEMBLE

Kesha Raithatha – ENSEMBLE

 

Having lived in London for 14 years, Dr. Katrina Pawar is summoned to her ancestral home, the shabby and un-chic Lakshman Villa, for her younger brother’s wedding. Sensing an opportunity to finally make a match for their last unmarried child during the festivities, Katrina’s parents search for a potential suitor for their quick-witted and resolute daughter. As the good-looking Bollywood film director Amit arrives at Lakshman Villa, along with his newly eligible British personal assistant Ronny, Katrina must navigate the true course of love between East and West.

Bring On The Bollywood is supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Grant.

 

Bring On The Bollywood UK 2017 Tour Dates

Coventry – Belgrade Theatre
Sat 6 – Sat 13 May
Box Office: 024 7655 3055
belgrade.co.uk

Ipswich – New Wolsey Theatre 
Tue 16 – Sat 20 May
Box Office: 01473 295900
wolseytheatre.co.uk

Kingston, London – Rose Theatre
Thu 25 – Sun 28 May
Box Office: 020 8174 0090
rosetheatrekingston.org

Doncaster – Cast 
Wed 31 May – Fri 2 June
Box Office: 01302 303959
castindoncaster.com

Hornchurch – Queens Theatre
Tue 13 – Sat 17 June
Box Office: 01708 443333
queens-theatre.co.uk

Poole – Lighthouse
Thu 29 June – Sat 1 July
Box Office: 01202 280000
lighthousepoole.co.uk

London – artsdepot 
Thu 6 – Sat 8 July
Box Office: 020 8369 5454
artsdepot.co.uk

York – Theatre Royal 
Tue 11 – Sat 15 July
Box Office: 01904 623568
yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Oldham – Oldham Coliseum Theatre 
Tue 18 – Sat 22 July
Box Office: 0161 624 2829
coliseum.org.uk

Cornwall – Hall for Cornwall 
Tue 1 – Sat 5 August
Box Office: 01872 262466
hallforcornwall.co.uk

Oxford – Oxford Playhouse
Tues 15 – Sat 19 August
Box Office: 01865 305305
oxfordplayhouse.com

Peterborough – Vivacity Key Theatre 
Thu 24 – Sat 29 August
Box Office: 01733 207239
vivacity-peterborough.com