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The Game of Love & Chai

A new version of Marivaux’s classic farce by The Young One’s Nigel Planer

Rani is engaged to marry Raj, a man she has never met. She is afraid to marry Raj without knowing what type of man he is. Nevertheless, Raj is planning to visit her to formalise the engagement. In order to observe Raj’s true personality during his visit, Rani asks her mother, Kamala-Ji, if she can change clothes with her servant, so that she can watch him without his knowing her identity.

The widow Kamala-Ji immediately agrees, having coincidentally received a letter from Rani’s father explaining how Raj has also planned to disguise himself as his servant in order to achieve the same goal as Rani.

Kamala-Ji sees this as a great opportunity to play the game of love and chance, allowing the two to fall in love in spite of themselves. And from here the farcical story unfolds…


Actor Nigel Planer (The Young Ones, Filthy Rich and Catflap) brilliantly updates Marivaux’s classic French farce to a modern Asian family in England, employing Bollywood song and dance to delicious effect as class and passion clash when Rani meets Raj.

Marivaux, along with Goldsmith and Sheridan, was one of the first Western playwrights to be produced in India in the late-18th Century. This new production forms part of Tara Arts Binglish project, exploring the theatrical connections between India and the West, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

London based Tara Arts produces cross-cultural theatre. Bringing together artists and audiences in the national home of multicultural theatre, fusing European and Asian theatrical approaches to reflect our modern multicultural realities.


Age guidance 11+




Thu 19 – Fri 20 Apr | 8pm || Sat 21 Apr | 2.30pm | 8pm


£10 | £15 | £20

Running Time

110 minutes approx.


20 minutes


Main House

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