By Percy and Eleonore Adlon

‘Calling You’ by Bob Telson

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice

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About the show

‘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 Cafe 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.

Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Wise Children) and the Wise Children Company bring Percy and Eleonore Adlon’s iconic 1987 film Bagdad Cafe to The Old Vic stage with their signature playful, visual and emotional style. After a long year apart, we invite you to join us for a joyful celebration of togetherness, hope and friendship.


Suitable for you and yours (over the age of 8).


The Bagdad Cafe Digital Choir

We’ve got a special treat for you: a chance to perform in Bagdad Cafe. 


We’re creating a digital community choir, who will sing at the end of the show, and you can be part of it. All you have to do is submit a video recording of yourself performing Bob Telson’s iconic track ‘Calling You’ from Bagdad Cafe for a chance to be part of the performance.

We welcome submissions from all ages and abilities and look forward to creating this new digital choir with you.