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01 – 03 July

Chronicles of Majnun Layla

Chronicles of Majnun Layla

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Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

Monday 1 July - 7pm Tuesday 2 July - 7pm Wednesday 3 July - 7pm
  • In English & Arabic 
    with English Surtitles

Amer Hlehel performs Qassim Haddad’s Masterwork
Presented in partnership with The Bagri Foundation

A classic love story re-told by Amer Hlehel in a contemporary bilingual rendering with live music.

The actor and writer five-star Taha (Shubbak 2017, Young Vic) transforms poet Qassim Haddad’s powerful rendering of the classic tale of Majnun Leyla into a live experience. The story of love, passion, eroticism  and unfulfilled desire, often described as the Arab Romeo and Juliet, is radically reinterpreted with an original soundscore and accompaniment from Rihab Azar and Kareem Samara on electronic and acoustic oud. Staying true to the sequence and emotional life of the poems, Hlehel moves between Arabic and English using Ferial Ghazoul and John Verlenden’s much-lauded translation, playing with rhythm, intonation and the particularities of both languages to bring out the universal qualities of this epic.

Qassim Haddad is multi-award winning Bahraini poet. The English translation of Chronicles of Majnun Layla was published in 2014. Amer Hlehel is a Palestinian actor and writer, who has performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court and Young Vic.

Presented with additional support from Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, British Council and Drosos Foundation.

Image: Saheer Obald

Book Tickets

Monday 1 July - 7pm
Tuesday 2 July - 7pm
Wednesday 3 July - 7pm
Presented in partnership with The Bagri Foundation
Presented with additional support from Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, British Council and Dorsos Foundation
Actor, director and playwright AMER HLEHEL is based in Haifa. He has written several plays, including “Taha” (Best Production- Asian arts aword- Edinburgh 2017),   “Lanterns of The King of Galilee”, and “the Player” (with Firas Khateeb and Ala Hlehel), and recently “Al-Carmel Owner”. He has appeared in numerous productions, including as Caliban in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in David Farr’s production at the RSC, Stratford-on-Avon; as Abu Altayib in “Goats” at The Royal Court Theatre, London; as Truffaldino in “A Servant of Two Masters”; and as The Soldier in Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony” at the Young Vic (London), Hlehel’s film work includes Palestinian films: “Tel Aviv on Fire”, “Personal Affairs”, “The Idol”, “The Time that Remains”, “Amreeka”, “Man Without a Cell Phone” and the Golden Globe award-winning “Paradise Now”. His work as a stage director includes “What the Story is All About”, “Breaking News”, “Finding the Dream”, “Thanks”, and “Altagreeba”.

01 – 03 July

Chronicles of Majnun Layla

Chronicles of Majnun Layla

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

Monday 1 July - 7pm Tuesday 2 July - 7pm Wednesday 3 July - 7pm
  • In English & Arabic 
    with English Surtitles