The Boy with Two Hearts, National Theatre

The Boy with Two Hearts transfers to the National Theatre this October

The Boy with Two Hearts, Wales Millennium Centre’s widely acclaimed adaptation of Hamed and Hessam Amiri’s novel will transfer the National Theatre this October.

Based on extraordinary real-life experiences the play is about a young family forced to flee the Taliban in Afghanistan, embarking on a race against time to save their young son who has a life threatening heart condition. The play is a powerful story of hope, courage, and humanity – and a heartfelt tribute to the NHS.

The original cast of Afghan and Iranian performers will return to their roles, including Shamail Ali, Dana Haqjoo, Farshid Rokey, Ahmad Sakhi and Géhane Strehler as well as the award- winning Afghan vocalist and composer, Elaha Soroor.

Adapted for the stage by Phil Porter (The Miser) the piece is directed by Amit Sharma.

Set and costume design is by Hayley Grindle, lighting design is by Amy Mae, sound design and co-composer is Tic Ashfield, movement director is Jess Williams and Hayley Egan is video designer. Casting is by Sarah Hughes CDG and associate director is Sepy Baghaei.

Following its revival in Cardiff this September, the production will run at the Dorfman Theatre from 1 October 2022 until 12 November 2022.

The National has also announced a new revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible starring Brendan Cowell as John Proctor and Erin Doherty – Princess Anne in Netflix series The Crown – as Abigail Williams. The play will run on the main stage in the Olivier theatre from September 2022.


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