Emma Rice’s adaptation and production will play at the Old Vic Theatre from the 17th July.

(c)Steve Tanner.

Rehearsal images have been released for Emma Rice’s upcoming production of Percy and Eleonore Adlon’s Bagdad Cafe, which will play at the Old Vic Theatre from the 17th July until the 21st August.

Smack bang in the middle of nowhere (or was it somewhere on the legendary Route 66?) two women are thrown together by chance. Stranded tourist Jasmin stumbles out of her unhappy marriage and finds herself at Brenda’s remote cafe and motel. 

Ordinarily, no one would choose to stay at the Bagdad Cafe but in the dust and isolation, unexpected and extraordinary friendships begin to blossom. The lost are found as individuals transform into an eclectic community bound by music, magic and some very strong coffee. 

(c)Steve Tanner

This co-production between The Old Vic, Emma Rice and the Wise Children Company is based on Percy and Eleonore Adlon’s 1987 film.

The cast for the production is set to include: Nandi Bhebhe, Le Gateau Chocolat, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Nadine Lee, Sandra Marvin, Kandaka Moore, Renell Shaw, Gareth Snook and Ewan Wardrop.

(c)Steve Tanner.

Meanwhile, the creative team for the production includes: composer Ian Ross, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, broadcast sound and video by Simon Baker, choreography by Etta Murfitt, musical direction by Nadine Lee, and associate director Laura Keefe.

Bagdad Cafe will play at the Old Vic Theatre from the 17th July until the 21st August.