Asif Khan

Asif trained at RADA and won the Laurence Olivier Bursary Award in 2008, as well as the Sir Alec Guinness Memorial Award in 2009.

Asif recently shot an episode of Man Down for Channel 4, and is currently working on independent feature Love Type D.

Asif’s stage credits include UK-wide tours of 5-star Handbagged and of his one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples, the latter of which also enjoyed a full run at the Arcola Theatre.

Most recently, he performed in Paradise of the Assassins at Tara Arts and in The Hypocrite, for Hull Truck/the RSC.

Asif is currently working on Diana & I by BigTalk Productions. His new play Combustion has also just opened at Tara Art and will later transfer to the Arcola Theatre.

Reviews are in for Combustion, written by Asif Khan

Reviews are in for Combustion, written by Asif Khan:

  • “Troubling, insightful and heart-warming; Combustion is an important play, and it’s worth the trip to South West London to see it come to life in a genuinely lovely theatre.” Emily Pulham, Everything Theatre.
  • “There’s no room for political correctness or mealy mouthed platitudes in this terrific, thought-provoking, challenging and eminently watchable play […] It’s an intelligent script that crackles along, liberally scattered with English obscenities, InshAllahs and innits.[…] The plot twists and turns, full of surprises, some of them nice, some of them nasty, but all relevant to the subject.” Penny Flood, WimbledonSW19.com.
  • “Asif Khan is most well-known for his remarkable performance in one-man monologue quartet Love, Bombs and Apples, and his debut outing as a playwright is similarly impressive, bringing clarity and humour to dark and difficult material.” Four Stars, David Ralf, The Stage.

Reviews in for 'The Hypocrite'

First reviews are in for Richard Bean’s The Hypocrite, a co-production with Hull Truck and the RSC.

The press on The Hypocrite:

  • “…a brilliantly entertaining new farce…And there are no weak links in the supporting cast” 4 stars, Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
  • “Phillip Breen’s production, based on the principle of nonstop action, gets good performances from the surrounding cast…does Hull proud” 4 stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian
  • “Director Phillip Breen gets vivid performances from all in his 20-strong cast…striking performances…throughout the cast” 4 stars, Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage
  • “a delight” 4 stars, Hull Daily Mail

Asif Khan in 'The Hypocrite'

Asif Khan cast as Captain Jack in Richard Bean’s The Hypcorite, a co-production with the RSC and Hull Truck Theatre, directed by Phillip Green.

The production previews in Hull, from 24th February, before going on to Stratford on 31st March.

Reviews in for 'Paradise of the Assasins'

Reviews are in for Paradise of the Assassins, at Tara Arts, with Asif Khan as Hussein.

The press on Asif and Paradise of the Assassins:

  • “Well-acted, the performers’ convincing portrayals mesmerise…A superb piece” 5 stars, Catherine Sedgwick, The Upcoming
  • “performances by Asif Khan as the ruthlessly exploited Hussain…ensure that we relate to the story” 3 stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian
  • “Skye Hallam, as Zamurrud, and Asif Khan, as Hussain…forge a volatile chemistry as lovers and their quest gives this play its…emotional centre” Paul Vale, The Stage

 

'Love, Bombs and Apples' nominated for Asian Media Award

Asif Khan’s one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples is nominated for Best Stage Production at the Asian Media Awards 2016.

 

Asif Khan to star in 'Paradise of the Assassins' at Tara Arts

Asif Khan will star as Hussain in Paradise of the Assassins at Tara Arts. The production, written and directed by Anthony Clark, will play at Tara Arts from 15th September – 21st September.

 

Asif Khan nominated at the BEAM Awards 2016

Asif Khan has been nominated for Male Actor of the Year at the BEAM Awards 2016.

The BEAM Awards honour the best of BAME talent across the UK.

Reviews in for 'Love, Bombs, Apples' 2016 tour

Asif Khan’s one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples, receives 4-star reviews. The production is touring the UK from May 2016, including a 4-week run at the Arcola Theatre.

The press on Asif in Love, Bombs and Apples:

  • “Khan’s extraordinary gift for transformation…” 4 stars, Carole Woddis
  • “Performed by Khan with a fervour that does not falter to his last line” Yasmina Allouche, MEMO
  • ““Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find humour in the most over-trodden tragedies” 4 stars, David Ralf, The Stage
  • “Khan engrosses us in the diverse stories of the four characters, switching between accents and personalities competently, whilst performing each story flawlessly…” Holly O’Mahony, A Younger Theatre
  • “the play would be nothing without Asif Khan’s powerhouse performance as all four men. The characters are all so different, but as soon as Khan steps into his next role by simply adjusting his hair and slightly altering his outfit, the audience is transfixed” 4 STARS – Imogen Blake, Islington Gazette
  • “Passionately played by actor Asif Khan” Momtaz Begum-Hossain, Asiana.tv
  • “He was sometimes unrecognisable when he transitioned between the characters…He managed to combine the energy of stand-up with the naturalism of theatre and even the more unlikable characters he portrayed were compelling. Not only did Khan master all four roles but he also conveyed a real sense of the minor characters in each tale” Simon Fearn, Cuckoo Review
  • “Asif Khan…shifts seamlessly between the individual stories, captivating his audience by deftly assuming each character with surprising ease.” Farhana Shaikh, The Asian Writer

Asif to tour one-man-show 'Love, Bombs and Apples'

Asif’s one-man show Love, Bombs and Apples, written by Hassan Abdulrazzak and directed by Rosamunde Hutt will tour the UK in 2016.

The show played to sell-out audiences at the Arcola Theatre last year, and will play at eleven venues across the UK from 10th May – 22nd July, including a 4-week run at the Arcola Theatre.

The press on Asif in Love, Bombs and Apples:

– “…perhaps what is most extraordinary in this exploration of the ordinary is the performance of the only actor Asif Khan, who jumps between scenes and characters with such ease and deftness…In each story every character was so unambiguously defined and appeared so complete it was hard to imagine that Khan and director Rodamunde Hutt had spent anything less than a lifetime defining each mannerism, trait, and quirk…the subtleties of Abdulrazzak’s play in the hands of a lesser actor would have been completely lost, as a script that deals in the nitty-gritties of the ordinary is necessarily reliant on a truly exceptional performance to lift quotidian mundanity into something so compellingly watchable.” – Neil Cheesman, London Theatre

For more information on the production, click here.

April 2016

Asif recently wrapped filming an episode of Channel 4’s comedy series Man Down.

Asif’s episode will be aired later this year.

April 2016

Asif just wrapped filming the role of Deepak in independent feature film Love Type D.

For more information click here.

Asif in 'Handbagged' UK Tour

Asif played multiple characters – ranging from Enoch Powell to Nancy Regan – in the hit production Handbagged, which finished a four month UK tour on 5th December 2015.

The press on Asif and Handbagged:

– “…superbly played by Asif Khan…” – Stephen M Hornby, Reviews Hub

– “…the brilliant Asif Khan…watch out in particular for Khan’s portrayal of Nancy Regan.” – Joanne Hibbert, North West End

– “This is a very strong ensemble and it would be impossible not to mention the contribution of…Asif Khan” – Rick Bowen, Knutsford Guardian

– “Asif Khan is truly chameleon-like” – Miranda S, Daily Info Oxford

– “Both men [Asif Khan and Richard Everson] display boundless energy and comic invention…Khan, still dressed in his Nancy Reagan drag, has a brief turn as Enoch Powell that renders Powell entirely ludicrous without any comment being necassary” – Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre

– “Might Khan and Teverson be the new Morecombe and Wise?…comedic genius” – Melissa Blease, The Bath Magazine

– “Khan’s Nancy Reagan is quite a tour de force…” – Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine

– “Khan in particular deserves heaps of praise, beginning as a Palace footman before morphing into Kaunda, then stepping neatly into a pair of red stilettos to suspend disbelief as a bearded Nancy Reagan – and go one further to portray an Enoch Powell of Asian extraction.” – Ross Robertson, Sunderland Echo