The Beekeeper of Aleppo stage adaptation to premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in 2023

A stage adaptation of best-selling novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo is to premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in 2023.

Adapted by Nesrin Alrefaai and Matthew Spangler (The Kite Runner), the production will be directed by Olivier Award winning Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman).

Christy Lefteri’s novel will come to the stage from 3 to 25 February 2023 as part of Nottingham Playhouse’s newly announced season.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.

On their terrifying journey, they must face the pain of their own unbearable loss alongside incredible danger. Above all, they must journey to find each other again. This compassionate and beautiful play is a story of connection – between friends, families and strangers.

Further confirmed shows at the venue for the year ahead is Nottingham Playhouse co-production with Theatre Royal Stratford East and Ramps on The Moon, Village Idiot (11 to 25 March 2023) by Samson Hawkins and the upcoming musical adaptation of Erik Kästner’s novel The Parent Trap, Identical.

Also on the programme are Adrian Scarborough’s adaptation of The Clothes They Stood Up (9 September – 1 October 2022) by Alan Bennett starring Sophie Thompson and Scarborough, Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on The Moon’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (11 – 15 October 2022) and the regional premiere of Natasha Gordon’s Nine Night (19 October to 5 November 2022) in a co-production with Leeds Playhouse.

Ending 2022 will be the venue’s traditional Christmas pantomime, Dick Whittington (25 November 2022 – 14 January 2023).

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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