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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

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‘I was scared of the bees at first, but now, they make me feel alive. They are like a society in complete harmony with itself. Not like people at all, but maybe what people have the potential to be’ 

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.

Winner of the Aspen Words Award, Runner up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and one of The Times top three bestselling books of 2020, Christy Lefteri’s best-selling novel has its world premiere in a brand new adaptation by Nesrin Alrefaai, and Matthew Spangler who adapted The Kite RunnerThe production is directed by Olivier Award winning Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman – Young Vic, Piccadilly Theatre, and Broadway).

From the producers behind the hugely successful West End and Broadway stage adaptation of The Kite Runner.

Sparklingly assured… solid, impressive show… anchored in strong performances from a uniformly excellent ensemble cast”
★★★★  The Telegraph

Essential viewing… There is hope and beauty to be found in the The Beekeeper of Aleppo
★★★★  Broadway World


Tickets from £15

Presented by

Martin Dodd for UK Productions Ltd proudly presents the Nottingham Playhouse production

From the acclaimed novel by

Christy Lefteri

Adapted for the stage by

Nesrin Alrefaai & Matthew Spangler.

Directed by

Miranda Cromwell

Age guideline


Content Advice

The production cover’s themes of war, violence, murder, loss of a child, references to sexual abuse, mental illness, and forced migration. The show also contains strobe lighting, flashing light, haze and sudden loud noises.

Access Performances

Audio Described Performance: Fri 16 Jun 7.30pm (audio described by Julia Grundy and Carolyn Smith)

BSL Interpreted Performance: Thu 15 Jun 7.30pm (interpreted by Harjit Jagdev)

Captioned Performance: Sat 17 Jun 7.30pm (captioned by Stef Bell)

Relaxed Performance: Thu 15 Jun 2.30pm

Running time

Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes including an interval

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Creative Team


Martin Dodd

Set and Costume Designer

Ruby Pugh

Lighting Designer

Ben Ormerod

Sound Designer

Tingying Dong

Film Designer

Ravi Deepres


Elaha Soroor

Casting Director

Christopher Worrall

Voice and Dialect Coach

Khaled Abunaama

Cultural Consultant

Nesrin Alrefaai

Drama Therapist

Nikki Disney

Associate Director

Nadia Emam

Associate Film Designer

Luke Unsworth

Video Programmer

Edward Freeman

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