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Kali Theatre and Pentabus Theatre

The Husbands

  • By Sharmila Chauhan
  • Tue 11 - Sun 23 Mar, 7pm. Saturday matinees 2.45pm
  • Tue 11 & Wed 12 £10, Thu 13 - Sun 23 £15 (£12.50)

‘The most enjoyable and inventive theatre I’ve seen this year.’
Guardian (on Kali)

‘Skilfully directed staging.’
Times (on Another Paradise)

‘In my world women marry only once.
‘Not here, brother, not here.’

An explosive new play about love, jealousy and a woman’s right to choose.

It’s Aya’s wedding day. Her third. Her current two husbands aren’t too fussed. In a society in which there are few women, that’s just what happens. But as the household prepares for the wedding feast, a stranger arrives – one who threatens to challenge everything they believe in.

Against a backdrop of modern rural India, Sharmila Chauhan weaves an extraordinary tale of love and wonder. From the preparation of luxury food and the sacrifice of the lamb to the dressing of the bride and the dance to end all dances, this will be an exuberant, joyful and challenging piece of theatre.

BSL PERFORMANCE
Wed 19 Mar, 7pm, £10. For people who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing. Book tickets online by selecting ‘BSL ticket’ when prompted. BSL interpreter: Martin Fox-Roberts.

Running time: Approx 2 hours, 15 mins
For ages 15+

Free access tickets for Westminster residents generously supported by Westminster City Council.

‘Janet Steel tightly directs The Husbands… an interesting concept engagingly executed… cleverly calling into question many orthodox beliefs …nothing if not thought-provoking.’ WhatsOnStage

‘A well told story that will stay with you long after the play has finished.’ Public Reviews

‘Syreeta Kumar is fantastic! She is convincing, attentive, sexy, strong, and believable. You will change your view of her many times during the play and by the end you can’t tell whether you like/dislike or agree/disagree with this strong visionary.’ herdmu.com Leicester Online magazine

‘This is a play that challenges its audiences and isn’t afraid of tackling bigger issues about the role of women’s lives and equality… it leaves its audience with much to think about.’ theasianwriter.com

‘Full of vividly observed performances.’
Metro (on Mustafa)

‘Skilfully directed staging.’
Times (on Another Paradise)

‘Admirably slick, striking a fine balance between pointed wit and giddy surrealism.’
Guardian (on Another Paradise)

‘Profound, charming and often witty.’
The Stage (on Sock ‘em With Honey)

‘Excellent to see Kali Theatre proving as innovative yet mainstream as ever.’
The Stage (on River on Fire)