PREVIEW:The Boy With Two Hearts, National Theatre

The production is set to begin performances at the Dorfman theatre from the 1st October.

Coming soon to the National Theatre is the Wales Millennium Centre’s acclaimed adaptation of Hamed and Hessam Amiri’s The Boy with Two Hearts which is set to officially open at the Dorfman Theatre on the 5th October.

Adapted for the stage by Phil Porter and directed by Amit Sharma, the play is based on the book of the same name by Hamed and Hessam Amiri. The cast for the production includes: Shamail Ali, Houda Echouafni, Dana Haqjoo, Farshid Rokey, Ahmad Sakhi and Lisa Zahra, performing alongside the award-winning Afghan vocalist and composer, Elaha Soroor.

Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. When a young mother speaks out against the Taliban, she and her husband are forced to flee their home and country with their three sons. Embarking on a long and terrifying journey across Russia and through Europe, they seek final refuge in the UK. But, as their eldest son’s life-threatening heart condition worsens and requires urgent surgery, their escape soon becomes a race against time.

Talking about the production Hamed and Hessam Amiri said: “When this production was first staged at Wales Millennium Centre, it was emotional to see our family’s journey come to life on stage and to relive those many precious moments we had along the way. We were amazed by the reaction from audiences and critics as they lived those moments with us, and are so excited to be reaching an even wider audience as the play comes to the NT. We can’t wait to share our story again with as many as people as possible. Our hope is to simply give the audience a chance to see our family’s journey through a different lens, and the human experiences behind the word refugee.”

The creative team behind the production includes: set and costume designer  Hayley Grindle, lighting designer  Amy Mae, sound designer and co-composer Tic Ashfield, movement director Jess Williams and Hayley Egan is video designer. Casting is by Sarah Hughes CDG and associate director is Sepy Baghaei.

For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-boy-with-two-hearts

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