NT Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

A new play by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo.

Director: Rufus Norris
Starring: Meera Syal

Beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with fragile plans to improve their own lives. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds while Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo’s novel, Behind the Beautiful Forevers describes the slums of Mumbai, following the interconnected lives of several residents. From this extraordinary source material, distinguished playwright David Hare fashions a colourful stage production that has been described as a true-life ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ story. The cast is led by much-loved ‘The Kumars’ star Meera Syal, who was previously seen at the NT in ‘Rafta Rafta’.

(3hr 0min)

‘Magnificent. Rufus Norris’s production has a humane, dignified sweep that captivates’ – Independent

Tickets on sale from 30th January 2015