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Queens Of Syria stage West End gala performance

Published 10 June 2016

The unique reinvention of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, Queens Of Syria, performed by an all-female cast of refugees, is to hold a West End gala performance at the New London Theatre.

Opening at the Young Vic Theatre from 5 July for a limited run as part of the venue’s Horizons season, the production’s hotly anticipated tour will see it visit a multitude of venues across the UK over the course of three weeks, culminating in a newly-announced gala performance at the New London Theatre on Sunday 24 July.  Tickets are available through the venue’s website.

Subject of an award-winning documentary, the adaptation sees the 13-strong cast of female Syrian refugees amalgamate their own experiences of the horrors of war and enforced exile with the poignancy of the ancient Greek tragedy. A first-hand account of the harsh realities of life as a refugee, it promises to represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both audiences and the refugees themselves. 

It has also been announced that acclaimed young director Zoe Lafferty, whose previous work has focused on current conflicts and humans rights violations, will join the production.

Of the show, Lafferty said “I feel privileged to work on this production that directly voices the powerful story from women that have survived war and are currently refugees. This piece encompasses the many challenges they have faced whilst being a celebration of life, a declaration of hope and an exploration of the future.”

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