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 Café 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.
Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Wise Children) and the Wise Children Company bring Percy and Eleonore Adlon’s iconic 1987 film Bagdad Cafe to The Old Vic stage with their signature playful, visual and emotional style. After a long year apart, we invite you to join us for a joyful celebration of togetherness, hope and friendship
Suitable for you and yours. We cannot wait to reopen our doors.
Bagdad Cafe will be performed for a live audience at The Old Vic – you will be coming to the theatre if you book a ticket for this production. It will also be live streamed for one week as part of our OLD VIC: IN CAMERA series. To find out more information please visit The Old Vic What's On page.
Age Recommendation: 8+
An assault on the emotions
Hope is something everyone needs, and the performance definitely supplies it
Another visual masterpiece from Emma Rice
A wonderful expression of how much we need others in our lives
Rice’s adaptation trades in overt kookiness and colour
Emma Rice’s production weaves a charming spell of its own
Emma Rice’s colourful staging adds sparkle to the original film
It would take a heart of stone to resist the good-natured warmth and fun on offer
Like a warm hug to welcome you back into the theatre
Lands askew, despite glimmers of brilliance
Great music, a talented cast, shame about the storyline
Stage adaptation of 1987 film needs more narrative drive
Date & time
Streaming Wed 25 Aug - Sat 28 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm