Rifco, Watford Palace Theatre and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch present

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

Laila - The Musical

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

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), comes a new contemporary musical, retelling the greatest love story from the east.

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?

“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)


Previews: Saturday 2 - Wednesday 6 April

Press night: Thursday 7 April

Post Show Q&A: Tuesday 12 April

Playing until Sunday 17 April


Previews: £15

Weekday: £22.50, £17.50, £12

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: £25, £19.50, £15

Concessions available

Groups of 5+: £2 off per ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings band A and B not including previews.



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“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
"Ambitious original British Asian musical" The Stage
The Guardian


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




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