by Mushfiq Murshed


Ishq is London's first ever Anglo-Punjabi Sufi musical, brought to the stage by Serendip Productions, an international award-winning company from Pakistan.


The legend of Heer Ranjha tells the story of a romance that created a revolutionary uproar, as one woman challenged a patriarchal society and shook it to its foundations.


An adaptation of that classic love story, Ishq was originally penned by the immortal Sufi Saint Waris Shah, and features specially commissioned music and choreography from across Pakistan and the UK. Using Punjabi colloquium and set against the beautiful backdrops of the Punjab, Ishq combines classical and modern dance with a unique blend of poetry and fusion music. One of the most famous romantic folk legends of the East is brought to life through multimedia, special effects, stunning dances and original music supported by a live choir.


Part of the High Commission of Pakistan's celebrations of 70 years of independence, Ishq played at Sadler's Wells from Thurs 7 - Sat 9 September 2017.


Cast & Crew


Creative Director Huma Beg

Director Farooq Beg

Composers Ian Brandon & Emu Fuzon

Orchestrator Lawrence Michaelowski

Choreographers Suhaee Abro & Owen Smith 

Designer (Set/Projection/LX) Declan Randall


A Serendip Productions production, associate producer Tara Finney Productions