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Bagdad Cafe

19 Jul to 21 Aug 2021

The Old Vic

Emma Rice and the Wise Children Company bring Percy and Eleonore Adlon's iconic 1987 film to The Old Vic stage with their signature playful, visual and emotional style.
Bagdad Cafe at The Old Vic

Image courtesy The Old Vic

Show details


'It's showtime at the Bagdad Gas and Oil Cafe!'

Smack bang in the middle of nowhere (or was it somewhere on the legendary Route 66?) two women are thrown together by chance.

Stranded tourist Jasmin stumbles out of her unhappy marriage and finds herself at Brenda's remote cafe and motel.

Ordinarily, no one would choose to stay at the Bagdad Café but in the dust and isolation, unexpected and extraordinary friendships begin to blossom.

The lost are found as individuals transform into an eclectic community bound by music, magic and some very strong coffee.

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: 8+

This production will be performed for a live audience at The Old Vic.

It will also be live streamed for one week as part of the OLD VIC: IN CAMERA series.

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Postal address:
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London SE1 8NB

Box office tel: 0344 871 7628

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Previews from:Monday 19 July 2021

Closes:Saturday 21 August 2021

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Wednesday - 2-30pm (from 28 Jul)

Saturday - 2-30pm

Running time: To be confirmed


PWC £10

£20, £30, £40, £55, £65

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Access information

Audio described performance: Mon 16 Aug, 7.30pm (touch tour time TBC)

Captioned performance: Mon 09 Aug, 7.30pm


Author: Emma Rice and The Wise Children Company bring Percy And Eleonore Adlon’s iconic 1987 film Bagdad Cafe to the Old Vic stage
Production: Wise Children Company


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