The world stage premiere UK tour of The Beekeeper of Aleppo has its northern performances at Liverpool Playhouse (March 1-11), The Lowry in Salford (April 18-22), and Leeds Playhouse (May 31-June 3).
Following their hugely-successful stage adaptation of The Kite Runner, Liverpool Playhouse is reuniting with Nottingham Playhouse and UK Productions to stage Christy Lefteri's international bestseller, opening in Nottingham in February.
The play sheds light on the plight of refugees, drawing a poetic metaphor on the travels of refugees and the nature of beekeeping to convey that where flowers bloom, there's always life and hope.
Adapted by Nesrin Alrefaai and Matthew Spangler - who also adapted The Kite Runner - the production is directed by Olivier award-winner Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman, Broadway).
Alfred Clay (The Comedy of Errors, RSC) plays Nuri, a beekeeper whose wife – the artist Afra – is played by Roxy Faridany from This Is Going To Hurt.
Suba Das, creative director of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, said: “We’re proud to be co-producing the world premiere. This is a tearjerking, urgent story of a Syrian family fleeing war to make a new life here.
"Liverpool has long been a city that welcomes and stands up for refugees, outsiders and the forgotten; and we hope you'll join us to make that stand again.”