East (play)

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Written bySteven Berkoff
Date premiered1975
Place premieredTraverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Original languageEnglish
GenreVerse drama, physical theatre, comedy
SettingLondon's East End
Steven Berkoff - East Official site

East is a 1975 verse play by Steven Berkoff, dealing with growing up and rites of passage in London's rough East End.[1]

The play was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival at the Traverse in 1975.[2]

The 25th anniversary production, produced by Steven Berkoff's East Productions and Marc Sinden and starring Tanya Franks, started at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. The tour included the Edinburgh Festival (winning the Stage Award for Best Ensemble work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and the Théâtre de Silvia Monfort, Paris. It opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre on 15 September 1999 where the DVD of the production was filmed in front of a live audience.[3][4]

A revival of the play by Atticist at the King's Head Theatre in 2018 was met with critical acclaim, receiving five award nominations and selling out its entire run.[5]


  1. ^ "Steven Berkoff: The real East Enders". London: The Independent. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
  2. ^ Dorney, Kate & Gray, Frances Played in Britain, Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, p30
  3. ^ "East (DVD)". 2007-01-04.
  4. ^ "East (live) - the DVD". 2013-02-21.
  5. ^ "Atticist announced as New Associate Company | kingsheadtheatre". kingsheadtheatre. Retrieved 2018-11-22.