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Get ready to be swept away into the dazzling world of Bollywood!

Rifco Theatre Company in partnership with Watford Palace Theatre and HOME Manchester is delighted to announce its most spectacular and ambitious musical to date.

Conceived by Artistic Director of Rifco, Pravesh Kumar MBE, ‘Frankie Goes to Bollywood ‘is a spectacular all-singing-all-dancing tale of heroes and villains, with all the costumes and the spectacle of a Bollywood feature film. It tells the tale of being British in Bollywood and explores what it takes to get to the top.

The musical will premiere at Watford Palace Theatre, running from Thu 25 Apr – Sat 11 May 2024 followed by a 10-day run at HOME Manchester Wed 15 May – Sat 25 May 2024, and a national tour.

Frankie never wanted to be a star, all she’s ever really wanted is a close and loving family - but after a chance encounter with an up-and-coming director, she finds herself transported to Bollywood, cast in a movie and thrust into the limelight. Might the Bollywood world provide her with the family and community she has always dreamed of?Suddenly Frankie is immersed in the world of fame and fortune but as she climbs the sparkling staircase of stardom, each step makes her question about what she is willing to do, or be subjected to, for success. 

Drawing inspiration from both traditional Bollywood music and the best of western musical theatre, the music for Frankie goes to Bollywood is a carefully integrated hybrid - designed to appeal to lovers of the Bollywood genre and also lovers of a good old West End extravaganza.

Bollywood as an industry generates over £2 billion a year, and globally the films have an audience of 1.3billion, so it’s little wonder that the glamorous lure of Bollywood stardom appeals to many British-South Asian young people. Frankie goes to Bollywood is inspired by Pravesh’s own experience of being a Brit in Bollywood, and by what he observed in terms of British-born women’s experience in the industry.

So amidst the heroes and villains, ornate costumes and sweeping sets, get ready for this tale of being British in Bollywood!

Frankie Goes to Bollywood:

  • Watford Palace Theatre Thu 25 Apr – Sat 11 May 2024 - PRESS NIGHT 30th April
  • HOME Manchester Wed 15 May – Sat 25 May 2024 
  • Beck Theatre, Hayes Tue 28 May – Sat01 Jun 2024
  • Queen's Theatre Hornchurch – Tue 04 June – Sat 08 June
  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Tue 11 Jun – Sat 15 Jun 2024 
  • Alhambra, Bradford - Tue 18 Jun – Sat22 Jun 2024
  • Theatre Royal, Windsor Tue 25 Jun – Sat 29 Jun
  • Belgrade Theatre Coventry Tue 02 Jul – Sat 06 Jul 2024 
  • New Theatre, Cardiff - Tues 16 Jul – Sat20 Jul 2024

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