Director Mira Nair has said her new musical version of Monsoon Wedding will reflect “the politics of now” and the #MeToo movement.
Speaking at London’s Roundhouse ahead of her forthcoming staging of the film, she said the show would have “particular resonance for a British audience”.
Nair, who directed the film of the same name, has set the show in 2020, while the film was set in 2001.
In an interview she told The Stage: “[The show] is very much about a globalising India, and equally about the dream of the west, reflecting the politics of now and xenophobia.
“It is ridiculously and painfully timely in terms of sexual abuse discourse, [and] the #MeToo movement, because now we have a language. Back then it was taboo.
“The show is [set in] a world that is globalising as well as putting up walls, and with the abuse […] it becomes deeply timely. It speaks to us, not just because it’s a trendy idea, but because we have lived with it for decades.”
The adaptation tells the story of a Punjabi family preparing for a wedding, as secrets begin to surface about hidden sexual abuse and financial insecurity.
The show will open at Leeds Playhouse on June 17 and runs there until July 11, before transferring to London’s Roundhouse for a run from July 17 to August 2.
It has a book by Sabrina Dhawan and Arpita Mukherjee, with music by Vishal Bhardwaj and lyrics by Masi Asare and Susan Birkenhead.
It is produced by Leeds Playhouse and the Roundhouse, with casting yet to be announced.