10th May 2016

Laila the Musical

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The most romantic story of love and fate

Is this the story that inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?

From the creators of the award-winning Britain’s Got Bhangra (People’s Favourite Musical — Off West End Awards). Written and directed by Pravesh Kumar, with music by Sumeet Chopra and lyrics by Dougal Irvine.

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…

From the Persian deserts, the bittersweet story of star-crossed lovers Laila and Majnu has been passed down through verse and song over centuries. The story of young love and feuding families is given a modern musical twist, taking you across the sands of time. Will love or fate prevail?

Laila is a contemporary retelling of the tale of Laila Majnu, with a transcending sufi pop soundtrack and an incredible set.

“Laila: The Musical is a joyful experience, a genuinely strong new musical that deserves to be played up and down the country” ★★★★ What’s On Stage

“In every heart there is an inclination to love her. Her tresses are like the night, and her name is Layli.” Nizami Ganjavi (Circa 1192)

Writer/Director Pravesh Kumar
Music by Sumeet Chopra
Lyrics by Dougal Irvine


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

Sufi Singer – Asif Raza
Indian Percussion – Sunil Kalyan
Guitars – Pammi Saib
Drums & Dholak – Vikaash Sankadecha


Book by Pravesh Kumar
Music by Sumeet Chopra
Lyrics by Dougal Irvine

Director – Pravesh Kumar
Designer – Libby Watson
Costume Designer – Andy Kumar
Lighting Designer – Philip Gladwell
Sound Designer – Ben Harrison
Movement Director – Cressida Carré
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