Bagdad Cafe
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Bagdad Cafe

3.3 (4) · Contemporary Drama

‘It’s showtime at the Bagdad Gas and Oil Cafe!’

Overview

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+

Critic reviews

An assault on the emotions

Exeunt

Hope is something everyone needs, and the performance definitely supplies it

· The Upcoming

Another visual masterpiece from Emma Rice

· A Younger Theatre

A wonderful expression of how much we need others in our lives

· Theatre Weekly

Rice’s adaptation trades in overt kookiness and colour

· The Guardian

Emma Rice’s production weaves a charming spell of its own

· Evening Standard

Emma Rice’s colourful staging adds sparkle to the original film

· The Times

It would take a heart of stone to resist the good-natured warmth and fun on offer

· WhatsOnStage

Like a warm hug to welcome you back into the theatre

· Broadway World

Lands askew, despite glimmers of brilliance

· The Stage

Great music, a talented cast, shame about the storyline

· The Telegraph

Stage adaptation of 1987 film needs more narrative drive

· The Arts Desk

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Date & time

Show ended
Live Sat 17 Jul - Sat 21 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Streaming Wed 25 Aug - Sat 28 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

The Cut SE1 8NB London, UK · Get Directions

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