Immersive production set in Bombay’s jazz age to open new London restaurant

Night At The Bombay Roxy poster. Photo: Rodolfo Reyes and Nick Edwards
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An immersive production set in Bombay’s jazz age will take place in a former department store building in London.

Night at the Bombay Roxy, created by Swamp Studios, will open a new Dishoom restaurant in the Barkers Building in Kensington.

The site-specific production will run from November 27 to December 11.

Audience members will enjoy welcome cocktails and a meal of Bombay dishes as the performance unfolds.

The production is set in a jazz cafe in Bombay in 1949. It is inspired by author Naresh Fernandes’ book, Taj Mahal Foxtrot, about Bombay’s jazz age.

Swamp Studios theatre company is led by Ollie Jones and Clem Garritty, who are from theatre collective Kill the Beast which previously won a The Stage Edinburgh Award for its production Don’t Wake the Damp. Night at the Bombay Roxy is directed by Eduard Lewis.

Shamil Thakrar, Dishoom co-founder and creative producer of Night at the Bombay Roxy, said: “I’m delighted that we are supporting these hugely talented young artists to bring to life an immersive theatrical adventure that is inspired by two of my personal cultural obsessions – jazz and Bombay.

“The jazz scene in Bombay in the 1940s is one of those undiscovered treasure-chests of treats, and I can’t wait to see and hear and feel it brought to life in this new show.”

Casting is to be announced soon.