A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Hackney Empire presents a co-production between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Northern Stage, in association with Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stage play by Ursula Rani Sarma
Adapted from the novel by Khaled Hosseini

The European stage première of Khaled Hosseini’s spiritual sequel to The Kite Runner.

In 1992 in an Afghanistan ravaged by war, an orphaned Laila is left alone in an increasingly threatening world. Her older neighbour Rasheed is quick to open his home and takes Laila as his second wife.

Rasheed’s first wife Mariam has no choice but to accept her younger, and now pregnant, rival. As the Taliban take over, life for all of them becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear and the two women find themselves unlikely allies.

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, love grows and sustains the human spirit even during the hardest of times.

The cast features Waleed Akhtar (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen/Lasse Hallström; What Shadows/Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Kite Runner/Nottingham Playhouse & Liverpool Everyman); Pal Aron (Behind the Beautiful Forevers/National Theatre; Stella/Sky One); Sujaya Dasgupta (Death of a Salesman/Royal & Derngate, Press/BBC);  Munir Khairdin (Whitechapel/ITV); Naveed Khan (Tamburlaine and Tartuffe /RSC); Mollie Lambert (The White Devil/Shakespeare’s Globe); Shala Nyx (Miss Prue/Bristol Old Vic; The Shadow Factory/Nuffield Southampton Theatres) and Lisa Zahra (The Kite Runner/Wyndham’s) and Amina Zia (Tartuffe/RSC).


Hackney Empire

£35 – £10  (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone) 


The performance on Sat 25 May, 2:30pm will be captioned and BSL interpreted.

Cast Announced For A Thousand Splendid Suns

Running Time : 2 hours and 20 mins, including 20 min interval

Contains some violent scenes

Cast & Creative Team

Pal AronRasheed
Mollie LambertZalmai / Afsoon / Girl / Wakil’s Wife / Ensemble
Sujaya DasguptaLaila
Waleed AkhtarTariq / Wakil / Driver / Ensemble
Shala NyxYoung Mariam / Aziza / Khadija / Nurse / Ensemble
Amina ZiaMariam
Munir KhairdinJalil / Abdul / Sharif / Interrogator / Ensemble
Naveed Khan Babi / Mullah Faizullah / Zama / Militiaman / Ensemble
Lisa Zahra Nana / Fariba / Doctor / Ensemble

Creative Team

Roxana SilbertDirector
Ana Inés Jabares-PitaDesigner
Ursula Rani SarmaWriter of the stage play
Simon BondLighting Designer
Mahmood KamenComposer
Dave PriceCo-Composer and Sound Designer
Lucy Cullingford Movement Director
Terry KingFight Director
Ben HartMagic Consultant
Stephen KembleVoice Director
Madeleine KludjeAssociate Director
William AshfordJMK Assistant Director
Gabrielle DawesCasting Director

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