Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili

Date of birth: 30-09-1965

Omid Djalili to star in Fiddler On The Roof

New stage version

Omid Djalili is to star in a new stage production of Fiddler On The Roof.

He will appear alongside Toast of London and Friday Night Dinner star Tracy-Ann Oberman in the revival being staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

The comedian will play the lead role of Tevye, the part that made a star of Israeli actor Topol in the 1971 film version of Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s musical. 

He is an impoverished dairyman trying to marry off his daughters, and his key song is If I Were A Rich Man. Oberman will playing Tevye’s wife Golde.

It is not the first time the British-Iranian has played an iconic Jewish character, as he took the role of Fagin in Oliver in a West End run in 2009.  He also portrayed an adopted Muslim who discovers that he is ethnically Jewish in David Baddiel’s film The Infidel.

Djalili has been doing his research for the role. On the evening of New Year’s Eve he tweeted: ‘Anyone with FOMO (fear of missing out) know that I'm bringing in 2017 on the couch in my pants watching Fiddler On The Roof.’

The show is part of the first season of shows announced by Chichester Festival Theatre’s new artistic director Daniel Evans, which also includes Sir Ian McKellen playing King Lear and Richard Wilson playing a headmaster on his last day at work in Alan Bennett’s play Forty Years On.

Fiddler On The Roof runs from July 10 to August 26.

Read More

Published: 16 Feb 2017

Pryor award axed |   Lack of sponsors blamed

Pryor award axed

The Richard Pryor award for the best ethnic comedian…
25/07/2005

Fast relief |   Comic Aid DVD rush released

Fast relief

The DVD from next Tuesday’s mammoth Comic Aid…
17/02/2005

Adopt a cause

Some of the circuit’s top comics have been lined…
15/11/2004

Jack on the box

Jack Dee is to star in a new ITV1 drama from Men Behaving…
10/07/2004

Happy Pils

Another competition has been added to the burgeoning…
6/05/2004

Uncoupling...

The American remake of Coupling appears to be floundering…
15/10/2003

Iranian invasion

Omid Djalili has landed a key role in a US sitcom.…
16/04/2003

Skip to page

Comments

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.