What's it about:
Shangri-La is original, honest and disturbingly accurate, and anyone who has been on a tour group will know the struggles the local guides have with their "friends from overseas" (AKA a lottery of crazy, mean, lonely and kind). Along the way you learn about Tibetan customs (shaman rituals, open burials) and the domination of China's "unification" of Tibet. In 70 minutes, you're never bored.
As a side note, The Young Vic/Trafalgar Studios' excellent production of Golem had a comical line, "Travelling Through Tibet Put My Life in Perspective", mocking the perennial flood of western women searching for "eat, pray, love" idealism - Shangri-La's clever plot takes us repeatedly to the heights of the Himalayas to the lows of the tourist tantrums and capitalism, refreshingly shown from a native's perspective.
Who to take: This is such a good production that anyone, and everyone, will enjoy it.
Location: 118 Finborough Rd, London SW10 9ED
Closest tube: Earls Court (District/Piccadilly) and West Brompton (Southern Rail/Overground)
Pre/Post show drink: The Finborough has an excellent bar downstairs - grab your beverage in a plastic cup and take it upstairs.
12 July – 6 August 2016
Running times/intervals: 70 mins straight through
Performance dates and matinees:
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings: 7.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday and Matinees: 3.00pm.
Time you'll finish: 8:40pm or 4:10pm
Ticket prices: £18, £16 concession.
Day or cheap tickets? Yes, Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats (vs £18 standard price usually).
Book: Call the box office 08448471652
Who's in it?
Andrew Koji, Julia Sandiford, Kevin Shen, Rosie Thomson
Director: Charlotte Westenra.