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The Game of Love and Chai – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Designer: Claudia Mayer Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tara Arts’ production of The Game of Love and Chai, completing a UK tour with a week at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre, brings a great deal of intelligence, imagination and skill to bear on modernising and re-locating Pierre de Marivaux’s 1730 comedy, The Game of Love and ...

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The Game of Love and Chai – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Nicole Craft The overall concept of an 18th-century French farce dragged into a modern-day Bollywood world has mountains of potential to go extremely wrong. The French had somewhat perfected the art of precise yet witty wordplay, with Marivaux winning the proverbial race, and therefore trying to clean up, or adapt, something that wasn’t ...

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Macbeth – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jatinder Verma Designer: Claudia Mayer Reviewer: Ron Simpson Jatinder Verma’s programme note seems to be a special pleading for a concept that barely exists: this version of Macbeth for Tara Arts, he claims, is set in a British Asian family and the killing of Duncan is an act of patricide, not regicide. Well, up to a ...

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Macbeth – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Macbeth is probably one of the most adaptable of Shakespeare’s works – the tale of power and ambition lending itself to multiple interpretations. Tara Arts’ latest version jumps on that adaptability and transposes the Scottish court to a British Asian family. It’s clear from the opening scenes that this isn’t ...

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Macbeth – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Rax Timyr Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Is this a Bollywood show we see before us? No, it’s Shakespeare, with an Indian Twist. Tara Arts, formed in 1989, have produced their own versions of many Shakespeare plays, as well as productions based on both Asian and European classics. Macbeth is their latest tour, and gives ...

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Macbeth – Queens Hall, Hexham

Writer: Shakespeare Music: Rax Timyr Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Tara Arts Theatre Company version of Macbeth is a traditional telling of the story infused with a dash of Asian culture. Macbeth is the story of a man who craves the power of becoming King, doing whatever he can to achieve his goal. Putting his faith in witches and ...

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The Domestic Crusaders – Tara Theatre, London

Writer: Wajahat Ali Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Fran Beaton [rating:2.5] The Domestic Crusaders could not have opened in a more poignant or troubled week. A play portraying the lives of a Muslim family in New York in the aftermath of 9/11, extremism, persecution, and prejudice are terms bandied about as naturally as discussions of chai tea and lamb biryani. The ...

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Kanjoos (The Miser) – Tara Arts, London

Writer: Molière Adaptor: Hardeep Singh Kohli and Jatinder Verma Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Steve Barfield [Rating:5] This is a fabulous vibrant, colourful and extremely funny theatre piece from Tara and reminded me of their previous adaptation of Molière, Tartuffe at the National theatre in 1990. It shows the company’s distinctive style at its best: inventive and eclectic in its hybridisation ...

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