My Beautiful Laundrette gets the Pet Shop Boys treatment

Iconic British pop duo Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are creating original music to bring the 80s drama, My Beautiful Laundrette, to life.

The drama, written by Hanif Kureishi, follows British Pakistani Omar as he transforms his Uncle’s run-down launderette into a thriving business. Omar will be played by East is East’s Omar Malik, while Gordon Warnecke, who played Omar in the 1985 film version, joins the cast as Omar’s Father.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said: “It’s wonderful to be part of the team bringing My Beautiful Laundrette from the screen to the stage and we’ve enjoyed writing mainly instrumental music to be presented within a British Asian context.”

It strikes me as a particularly thought-provoking piece, and having a great 80s soundtrack will make the show all the more authentic and interesting.

My Beautiful Launderette is a Leeds Playhouse, Curve, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham co-production and will play in the Leeds playhouse newly refurbished Courtyard theatre from 15th – 26th October. Visit the Leeds Playhouse website for tickets! 

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