Two hands are held with palms facing the sky, in the background a honeycomb shape and bees are flying


Tue 16 - Sat 20 May 2023
Tickets £20-£40 *

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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 Runner. The production is directed by Olivier Award winning Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman Young Vic, Piccadilly Theatre, Broadway).

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

PRE-SHOW TALK: Join us for a free pre-show talk on Tuesday 16 May, 6.30pm with guest speaker Nadia Emam, Associate Director from UK Productions Ltd. Booking is essential on 01223 503333.

Click here to download the Insights Pack with further information about the show for schools and groups.

Click here for more information about beekeeping in schools.

Pre-show talks (booking essential on 01223 503333)
Running Time

Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes, including an interval

General Guidance

The production covers 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.


Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
and Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£30/£35/£40 *

* All ticket prices include a £3 per ticket booking fee

Assisted Performances:

BSL Interpreted performance: Wednesday 17 May, 7:30pm

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Alfred Clay (Nuri)

Credits include: The Winters TaleThe Comedy of Errors – RSC.

Roxy Faridany (Afra)

Credits include: This Is Going To Hurt – BBC, Magic Goes Wrong – West End.

Joseph Long (Mustafa)

Credits include: Spiderman Far From Home – Marvel Studios, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – tour & West End.

Aram Mardourian (Nadim, Fotakis, Ali and other parts)

Credits include: The Borrowers – Polka Theatre, The Night Of The Iguana – Ustinov Studio, Bath.

Daphne Kouma (Immigration officer, Dr Faruk, Dahab and other parts)

Credits include: Dirty Dancing – Secret Cinema, Offside – Pleasance Courtyard.

Nadia Williams (Angeliki, Lucy Fisher and other parts)

Credits include: The Darkest Part of The Night – Kiln Theatre, The Meaning of Zong – Bristol Old Vic.

Elham Mahyoub (Mohammed and Sami)

Credits include: The Visit – National Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Lazarus Theatre.

Fanos Xenofós (Swing)

Credits include: Margot, The Most Famous Ballerina In The World – King’s Head Theate, Don Quixote of Algiers – White Bear Theatre.

Lily Demir (Swing)

Credits include: The Secret Love Life of Ophelia – Greenwich Theatre, Empty – Soho Theatre.


  • Two people sit together on a bed looking upset.
  • Two characters sit and listen as a man stood up talks
  • The company all hug a man with his head in his hands
  • A man stands amongst rubble
  • The company wear orange life vests on a lifeboat
  • Two characters sit holding hands, foreheads pressed together



Audience Vox Pops

  • 'Sparklingly assured… solid, impressive show… anchored in strong performances from a uniformly excellent ensemble cast.'

  • 'Essential viewing… There is hope and beauty to be found in the The Beekeeper of Aleppo.'

  • 'The script is clever and candid…'