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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

09 May - 13 May

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

09 May - 13 May 2023


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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 Leftieri’s best-selling novel has its world premiere in a brand new adaptation by Nesrin Alrefaai, and Matthew Spangler who adapted the hit West End and now Broadway stage version of The Kite Runner.

In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is an intimate look at the lives of one couple, Afra, a woman and artist blinded by an explosion, and her beekeeper husband Nuri as the couple escape Syria for, eventually, the UK.

Important information

Ticket prices: £10 - £39.50

All Friends – 1/2 price first night Drama
Friends pre-June 22 – £2 off Bands A-D
Friends post-June 22 – 5% off Bands A-D
Best and Gold Friends – 10% off Bands A-D
O60’s – £5 off band A-D midweek matinee
U25/Students – £5 off band A-D Mon – Fri
Groups – Band A-D Mon-Fri

Access performances

Captioned: Wed 10th May

Audio Described: Sat 13th May


Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!

Norwich Theatre Royal - Auditorium | 2020


‘A story of loss, love, resilience and hope. … it’s impossible not to be moved.’ 
The Observer


Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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