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World Stages London - A season of theatre May 2012

Picture: The Beloved.

Allow us to be bold for a moment. Chances are, if you're reading this you're one of London's savvy cosmopolitans who relish the thrill of our Capital's international culture, at the frontline of all things great. Agreed? Good. Here's a theatrical season like no other just for you, dear reader!
World Stages London brings together 8 leading London producing venues and 12 UK and international co-producers to collaborate in a way never seen before. Together they'll be presenting a truly international season of work, celebrating London's richly cosmo culture. Below are three highlights from the program. There is a 10% discount when you book for more than one show at a time.

Check out the official website here: worldstageslondon.org.uk

 

THE BELOVED
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A Bush Theatre, KVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg of Belgium and ShiberHur of Palestine co-production
Written by: Amir Nizar Zuabi
Directed by: Amir Nizar Zuabi
Venue: Bush Theatre
21st of May 2012 — 9th of June 2012

"When you held the knife to my throat...I opened my mouth to beg for mercy… I was no longer a human being. I knew that at once"

When Abraham returns home from a journey with his son, his wife is troubled by the boy’s state of mind. What took place on the mountain that day is the beginning of a lifetime of suffering for his son and the dawn of a new age for millions.

A haunting and heartbreaking twist on the story of Abraham and Issac which reminds us that this historic tale of sacrifice began with just one family.

Under the direction of Amir Nizar Zuabi, trailblazing Palestinian theatre company ShiberHur return to London following their acclaimed productions I Am Yusuf and This is My Brother and In the Penal Colony. Nizar is currently directing the Comedy of Errors at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 


THE SUIT
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A CICT/ Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production A Young Vic/ Napoli Festival/ Les Théâtres de la Ville du Luxembourg/ Théâtre de la Place - Liège co-production
Written by: A musical play by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, after the original story by Can Themba, adapted for the stage by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatse
Directed by: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
Venue: Young Vic Theatre
21st of May 2012 — 16th of June 2012

In the dusty heat of a 1950s South African township, a young worker returns home to find his wife in bed with her lover. The lover escapes, leaving behind his suit. The only revenge the husband takes is to instruct his wife to treat the suit as an honoured guest. But how long can she endure this cruel and pitiless sentence?

 


WAH! WAH! GIRLS
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Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East & Kneehigh in association with Hall for Cornwall
Written by: Tanika Gupta
Directed by: Emma Rice
Venue: Sadler's Wells, Peacock Theatre
24th of May 2012 — 23rd of June 2012

East London meets Bollywood in a sparkling new musical from Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Kneehigh.

Inspired by the world of the Mujra dancers, who for generations have entertained the rich and powerful with a spellbinding mix of dance and song, Wah! Wah! Girls tells a passionate and playful story of love against the odds. Set against the vibrant background of the East End in 2012, these unstoppable girls uncover deep secrets and create unexpected dreams.