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Laila: The Musical (2016)

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours 30
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Thur 5 May
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Is this the story that inspired Romeo and Juliet?

From the creators of the award-winning Britain’s Got Bhangra (People’s Favourite Musical – Off West End Awards), comes a new contemporary musical, retelling the greatest love story from the east – Laila Majnu.

Laila takes shelter from a raging storm in an old bookshop, where she chances upon a book with her name on it. She is compelled to open the book and is consumed by the story – Laila finds herself in an old story and on a new journey…


Cast & Credits

Written by Pravesh Khumar / Music by Sumeet Chopra / Lyrics by Dougal Irvine / Director Pravesh Khumar / Set Designer Libby Watson / Costume Designer Andy Kumar / Lighting Designer Philip Gladwell / Sound Designer Ben Harrison / Movement Director Cressida Carré / Indian Choreography Andy Kumar / Musical Director, Orchestration and Arrangements Benjamin Holder / Indian Orchestration and Arrangements Sumeet Chopra / Casting Director Debbie O’Brien / Puppets Designed and Made by Matthew Robins / Sufi Singer Asif Raza / Indian Percussion Sunil Kalyan / Guitars Pammi Saib / Drums & Dholak Vikaash Sankadecha /

Rifco, Watford Palace Theatre & Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

  • Reece Bahia
    as Qays
  • Ravin J Ganatra
    as Abba
  • Mona Goodwin
    as Laila
  • Kush Khanna
    as Atif
  • Sami Lamine
    as Tabrez
  • Sheena Patel
    as Zeenat
  • Vedi Roy
    as Ensemble
  • Shin
    as Father
  • Yinka Williams
    as Ensemble


“ a delight that brings the audience to its feet and introduces a new sound into the stale world of the British musical”

- The Guardian on Britain's Got Bhangra

“ a charge of positive feeling that keeps you buzzing long after you leave the theatre”

- The Sunday Times on Britain's Got Bhangra

“ To say that this magnificent musical is a breath of fresh air is a huge understatement”

- Eastern Eye on Britain's Got Bhangra

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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