An archive recording of our 2019 co-production is now available to watch online

After reimagining Hanif Kureishi‘s groundbreaking film on stage last year, we’re thrilled to announce that our acclaimed co-production of My Beautiful Laundrette is now available watch online, thanks to an archive recording from our partners at Curve.

Originally recorded for archive purposes, the film shows a dress rehearsal, which was opened up to audiences for just £1 ahead of the first official preview performance, as part of a scheme aiming to enable as many people as possible to access theatre.

Based on Kureishi’s iconic and Oscar-nominated screenplay of the same name, the multi-award nominated stage production of My Beautiful Laundrette was directed by Nikolai Foster and featured new and original music from Tennant/Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys. It was co-produced by Curve, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse.

The captioned dress rehearsal archive recording will be available to stream until Curve is able to reopen its doors for performances. The film is free to watch below, but audiences are asked to consider making a donation to help ensure we are able to continue creating shows like this in future.

The production will be shared alongside a recently recorded in-depth digital discussion between cast members Paddy Daly (Genghis & Dick O’Donnell), Kammy Darweish (Nasser), Hareet Deol (Salim), Jonny Fines (Johnny), Nicole Jebeli (Tania), Omar Malik (Omar), Balvinder Sopal (Bilquis & Moose), Cathy Tyson (Rachel & Cherry) and Gordon Warnecke (Papa & Zaki), Director Nikolai Foster, Writer Hanif Kureishi and Designer Grace Smart.

Audiences can also access a digital programme for the show here, as well as a series of audio-descriptive notes detailing the production which were created for blind and partially sighted audience members.

Speaking about the release, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “Working with Hanif, the acting company and production team on My Beautiful Laundrette was a truly joyful experience for all of us at Curve. Watching the dress rehearsal recording and the team reunion for our In Conversation has been wonderfully enriching. Kureishi’s words remain as vital and important as they ever did. We hope you enjoy spending time with these extraordinary characters and the Q&A session.”

You can now watch the film for free below. Please consider making a donation to help ensure we can continue to create great shows like this in future.

My Beautiful Laundrette from curvetheatre on Vimeo.


Want to find out more about the making of the show? You can also now watch Curve’s digital discussion with the cast and creatives below.