Rehearsals are well under way for Iqbal Khan’s brand new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado about Nothing.
Joining Paul Bhattacharjee and Meera Syal as the sparring lovers Benedick and Beatrice is a stellar cast of British Asian actors including Amara Karan as the wronged young lover Hero, Kulvinder Ghir as Borachio and Madhav Sharma as Leonto.
Amara Karan made her RSC debut in 2009 in The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice, and stars in the film All In Good Time alongside Meera Syal.
Kulvinder Ghir appeared in three series of Goodness Gracious Me and his films include Ninan’s Heavenly Delights and Rita, Sue and Bob Too. Madhav Sharma’s many credits include Deadeye for Birmingham Repertory Theatre and on TV and film Amongst Barbarians, Ashes to Ashes, East is East and Entrapment.
The cast is completed by Sagar Arya (Claudio), Raj Bajaj (Balthasar), Rudi Dharmalingam (George Seacole), Neil D’Souza (Conrade), Shiv Grewal (Don Pedro), Ernest Ignatius (Antonio), Aysha Kala (Watch), Muzz Khan(Hugh Oatcake), Darren Kuppan (Messenger), Robert Mountford (Friar Francis), Simon Nagra (Dogberry), Chetna Pandya (Margaret), Bharti Patel (Ursula/Verges), Garry Pillai (Don John), Peter Singh (Sexton), Anjana Vasan (Maid).
Original music is by Niraj Chag, one of the key modern interpreters of Asian classical and folk styles. He recently wrote the music for Wah! Wha! Girls – A British Bollywood Musical, Rafta Rafta for The National Theatre and the film version All In Good Time with Amara Karan and Meera Syal.
The set is designed by Olivier Award winning RSC Associate Designer Tom Piper and costumes by Delhi based Himani Dehlvi. Lighting is by Ciaran Bagnall, sound by Andrew Franks, movement byStruan Leslie and fights by Kev McCurdy.