Paper Dolls

By Philip Himberg


World Premiere
In association with Stanley Buchthal and Bob & Co, Ltd
Adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann

FOUR STARSThe Times, The Guardian

Paper Dolls

 “You know, Yossi, we couldn’t dress like this in the Philippines… wear earrings, dye our hair, put on make up, lipstick. It’s forbidden.”

In Tel Aviv, Israel, a group of Filipino immigrants work as live-in carers for elderly Orthodox Jewish men. Six days a week they provide dedicated support to their employers. But on the seventh day they transform into a homespun, sassy musical drag act. Meet the Paper Dolls!

An extraordinary true story exploring an unlikely collision of cultures and the universal desire to find ‘home’.

FOUR STARS ‘Beautiful… both achingly intimate and rich in universal themes’ The Times

FOUR STARS ‘Indhu Rubasingham’s production has an infectious gaiety and exuberant performances’ The Guardian

‘A pacey but poignant play’ Sunday Times

‘Indhu Rubasingham’s staging has warmth and drive’ Financial Times

‘True stories don’t come more resonant’ Metro


Evening StandardDeveloped, in part, by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Image from Jolly B. Fierce. Photo: Jason Pangilinan

Supported by Kobler Trust

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Thu 28 Feb 2013 - Sun 28 Apr 2013


£14 Mon 8pm, Midweek Mats at 2pm
£20 (£18 conc) Tues - Thurs 8pm, Sat Mats at 3pm
£22 (£20 conc) Fri & Sat 8pm

Running time: 2h 30mins (including a 15 minute interval)

Concessions: Registered Disabled, Students, Unemployed, Over 60s and Brent Residents.

Allocated Seating: The theatre auditorium is unreserved seating. For a small additional charge, you can reserve on of the 40 allocated seats.

Midweek Mats at 2pm
Weds 13, 20 & 27 March, 3, 10, 17 & 24 April

Weekend Mats at 3pm
All Sats excluding 2 March

Press Night: Wed 6 March

Accessible Performances:

Audio Described Performance: 19 March, 8pm (with Touch Tour at 6.30pm). There are still tickets available for patrons wishing to see this audio described performance. Please call 020 7328 100 to book.

Captioned Performance: 9 April, 8pm


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Indhu Rubasingham
Richard Kent
Lighting Designer:
Oliver Fenwick
Sound Design:
Ben & Max Ringham
Music by:
Nigel Lilley and Ben & Max Ringham
Alistair David
Video designer:
Dick Straker
Assistant Director:
Sam Pritchard
Casting Director:
Will Burton CDG for David Grindrod Associates

Make-up generously sponsored by:

Tom Berish    
Jane Bertish
Noa Bodner
Harry Dickman
Ron Domingo
Ilan Goodman
Shimi Goodman
Francis Jue
Tom Oakley
Angelo Paragoso
Jon Norman Schneider
Caroline Wildi
Benjamin Wong