Based on Katherine Boo’s Pulitzer prize-winning book, David Hare’s highly anticipated Behind The Beautiful Forevers vividly evokes the shanty towns of contemporary India, where a sprawling community of slum-dwellers strive to scrape a makeshift living in the shadow the luxury hotels that surround Mumbai airport.
In Hare’s stage adaptation Behind The Beautiful Forevers, originally an uncompromising work of reportage, becomes a sweepingly epic work of drama, charting the schemes and ambitions of this marginalised community.
As India surges into a new era of prosperity Behind The Beautiful Forevers highlights the plight of the country’s impoverished hordes and their desperate struggle to get out of the slums by whatever means necessary.
Meera Syal stars as tough business like matriarch Zehrunisa, while incoming National Theatre director Rufus Norris does a fine job of conjuring the colourful chaos of the Annawadi shanty town.
A triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal. The play leaves you deeply affected’ Guardian
‘Compelling. Unforgettably communicates a world in which life is cheap’ Daily Telegraph