World premiere of new play India Gate is to run at The Questors Playhouse

India Gate at The Questors Theatre

The world premiere of new play India Gate is to run at The Questors Playhouse.

Written & directed by Howard Shepherdson, in collaboration with Tajinder Sindra, the production will be presented by The Questors Theatre & Punjabi Theatre Academy at The Questors Playhouse for 7 performances between 30 April and 7 May.


Inspired by India’s fight for freedom and marking 75 years of independence, India Gate is a passionate and pertinent new play based on fascinating true-life events.

Developed by The Questors Theatre in collaboration with Punjabi Theatre Academy, these two companies have brought their unique cultural identities to this multi-faceted production, exploring an important chapter of Anglo-Indian history.

This gripping new play follows the journey of Edwin and Emily Lutyens and their connection with the Indian community in London and Delhi during the construction of the All India War Memorial (India Gate).

Their journey is interwoven with that of the Sikh Martyr Udham Singh, whose extraordinary fight for India’s independence from the British Raj began in 1919 in Amritsar.

Performed in English, with some Punjabi dialogue for native speakers.

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Co-Director Howard Shepherdson said: “Writing and directing India Gate with Tanjinder Sindra from Punjabi Theatre Academy has been a privileged journey building trust, understanding and friendship. Blending our two theatrical traditions and putting together a story of our shared history has been exciting.

“I was delighted to learn more about Edwin Lutyens and his wife Emily and then explore how their story could be interwoven with the incredible life of the Sikh martyr Udham Singh. The play moves swiftly from 1919 to 1947 when independence was finally granted. The story telling is full of emotion and humour but it can also be uncomfortable as we dig deeper into historical truth.”

Co-director Tajinder Sindra said: “Punjabi Theatre Academy has a long history of commissioning plays so this collaborative project was truly welcome and gave us another important way to share our Punjabi heritage. It has been very rewarding working with The Questors Theatre and Howard Shepherdson. We are proud of what we have achieved and look forward to audiences joining us.”

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