World Premiere of The Infidel - the Musical to Play London's Theatre Royal; Complete Casting Announced
22 Jul 2014
Full casting has been revealed for the previously announced The Infidel - the Musical, a stage adaptation of David Baddiel's hit film comedy of the same name that was released in 2010. It is to premiere at London's Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Oct. 3 prior to an official opening Oct. 15, for a run through Nov. 2.
Award-winning comedian Kev Orkian is to star as Mahmoud Nassir, the everyday Muslim man who discovers he was born Jewish. The cast will also feature Mina Anwar, Andrew Paul, Melanie Marshall, Melanie Masson, Stewart Scudamore, Steven Serlin, Siobhan Athwal and Gary Wood.
Featuring book and lyrics by David Baddiel and music by Erran Baron Cohen, the show will be co-directed by Baddiel and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s artistic director, Kerry Michael. It tells the story of an ordinary British Muslim man, Mahmoud, who discovers that not only is he adopted, but that his birth parents were Jewish. The resulting cultural and religious chaos leads to a comedy of identity, race, prejudice and confusion.
Orkian, a stand-up comic and musician, has previously appeared on the musical stage in Fame, Happy Days and Boogie Nights. In 2010 he reached the semi-finals of "Britain’s Got Talent," performing Elton John's "I'm Still Standing."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.