Black Theatre Live


The Game of Love and Chai

or When Rani met Raj

TARA ARTS presents

“Ask me, just ask me! Pucho zara pucho! It’s punishment for falling in love!”

by Nigel Planer

a new version of Marivaux’s classic farce

Kamala wants her daughter Rani to marry successful but emotionally awkward businessman Raj. Rani bristles at going down the conventional route and arranges a test for Raj. She convinces her cousin Sita to swap places and pretend to be the suitable bride – unaware that Raj has come up with the same scheme with his driver, Nitin!

Actor Nigel Planer (The Young Ones, Filthy Rich and Catflap) brilliantly updates Marivaux’s classic French farce to a modern Asian family in England, employing Bollywood song and dance to delicious effect as class and passion clash when Rani meets Raj.

Featuring a cast of 6, The Game of Love and Chai opens at Tara Theatre 21st February 2018 for 4 weeks, before a 6-week national tour.

Directed by Jatinder Verma MBE and Designed by Claudia Mayer


The play-text is available from METHEUN ORDER ONLINE

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Marivaux, along with Goldsmith and Sheridan, was one of the first Western playwrights to be produced in India in the late-18th C. This new production forms part of Tara Arts Binglish project, exploring the theatrical connections between India and the West, supported by the HLF