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A Museum in Baghdad

Enjoy a provocative, yet eye-opening play by Hannah Khalil, that highlights the importance of recognizing the European colonization as a grey area!

Why Watch A Museum in Baghdad

A renowned British archaeologist, Gertrude Bell, is working on building a museum in Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. In 2006, however, owing to the war, Iraq is in tatters. Ghalia Hussein is determined to reopen Bell’s museum in the aftermath of the war and is faced with impossible odds. Despite being separated by 80 years of history, the two women share the same goal: to create a sense of national identity among the people and to contribute to world heritage. Several questions, however, stand in their way. Whose culture is it that they are trying to salvage? Does it even matter in times when the population is dropping drastically?

Directed by Hannah Khalil, A Museum in Baghdad is all set to transfer to the Kiln Theatre following a sell-out run at the Swan Theatre. Khalil’s thought-provoking play explores the importance of national identity and the role that monuments and treasures can play in inculcating such feelings in people. Erica Whyman is in charge of the direction, with renowned designer and Olivier Award-winner Tom Piper at the helm of the theatre design.

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Family Audiences | Lovers of Social Dramas

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Show Details

Opening: 22 Apr 2020
End: 23 May 2020

Show Timings

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat 7:30 PM
Wed & Sat 2:30 PM
Audio Described Performance 16 May
Captioned Performance 21 May

Leading Roles
Emma Fielding as Gertrude Bell
Rendah Heywood as Ghalia Hussein
Ali Gademay as Kidnapper/ Prime Minister

Hannah Khalil

Erica Whyman

Tom Piper

Additional Info

To be confirmed

Recommended for ages 14 and up

Available Facilities
Theatre Bar
Assistive Hearing System

The Kiln Theatre has a seating capacity of 292

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This ticket cannot be cancelled or refunded

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