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VenueSwan Theatre
From11th October 2019
Opened22nd October 2019
To25th January 2020
WhenOct 11,12,14,15,16,17,18,19,21,23,28,29, Nov 6,7,9,11,12,14,15,21,22,28,29, Dec 3,7,9,11,12,13,18,19,20,27, Jan20 3,8,9,11,13,14,18,20,21,25 at 19:30. Oct 22 at 19:00. Oct 19, Nov 6,,12,16,23,30, Dec 4,7,14,18,28, Jan20 4,15 Mats 13:30
What is currently on at Swan Theatre (V136)

A Museum in Baghdad

A Museum in BaghdadT264147724
In 1926, the nation of Iraq is in its infancy, and British archaeologist Gertrude Bell is founding a museum in Baghdad. In 2006, Ghalia Hussein is attempting to reopen the museum after looting during the war. Decades apart, these two women share the same goals: to create a fresh sense of unity and nationhood, to make the world anew through the museum and its treasures. But in such unstable times, questions remain. Who is the museum for? Whose culture are we preserving? And why does it matter when people are dying?
Author Hannah Khalil

Archive :: production:T264147724, play:S1230870807, venue:V136

Production details

This new play explores what it means to try and create a nation - and why a country's treasures matter when people are dying. A story of treasured history, desperate choices and the remarkable Gertrude Bell.

Special Performances

  • 23 Nov 19 Audio Described
  • 29 Nov 19 Captioned
  • 9 Jan 20 Audio Described
  • 15 Jan 20 Captioned


Company Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Erica Whyman
Design Tom Piper
Lighting Charles Balfour
Music Oguz Kaplangi
Performer Sarah Agha
Performer Houda Echouafni (Layla)
Performer Emma Fielding (Gertrude Bell)
Performer Ali Gadema (Kidnapper)
Performer Rendah Heywood (Ghalia)
Performer Zed Josef (Salim)
Performer Nadi Kemp-Sayfi (Nasiya)
Performer Debbie Korley (Sam York)
Performer Richard Pryal
Performer Zara Ramm
Performer Riad Richie (Mohammed)
Performer Rasoul Saghir (Abu Zaman)

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