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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe Theatre 2017


Based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, Lions and Tigers is the world premiere of a new play by leading playwright Tanika Gupta. This dramatically relevant and authentic story is set against the backdrop of negotiations between the leaders of the Indian National Congress; the future Prime Minister Nehru wavers between his respect for Gandhi’s non-violence and his admiration for the youthful fervour of the militant Bengali nationalist, Subash Chandra Bose. 

Lions and Tigers charts Dinesh Gupta’s emotional and political awakening as this extraordinary 19 year old pits himself against the British Raj. Culminating in actions that shook the foundations of the British Empire, Lions and Tigers challenges our assumptions about Indian independence and offers new insights into the battles between the British lions and the Bengal tigers.

The play gives an insight into the lives of the ordinary men and women struggling to achieve freedom. 

Cast: Esh Alladi, Raj Bajaj, Adam Best, Sudha Buchar, Jaz Deol, Tony Jayawardena, Jonathan Keeble, Shalini Peiris, Shubham Saraf.

Set & Costume Design - Rosa Maggiora 

Composer & Sound Design - Arun Ghosh

Musicians - Arun Ghosh and Sarathay Korwar

Fight Directors - RC Annie 

Movement - Wayne Parsons 

Accent Coach - Edda Sharpe

Candle design - Pooja Ghai & Rosa Maggiora ​

Costume Supervisor - Sydney Florence 

Casting Director - Karishma Balani

Assistant Director - Milli Bhatia

★★★★ Financial Times 

The storytelling is clear, bright, compelling and often witty

★★★★ The Times

★★★★ Guardian 

An ambitious driving play

 ★★★★ Independent

Pooja Ghai’s beautifully judged impressive piece – warm, humourous, stirring and deeply sad

★★★★ Evening Standard


★★★★​ WhatsOnStage

★★★★ The Upcoming

British Theatre Guide (no star rating)

Aleks Sierz (no star rating) 

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