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Boy walks through a desert towards two arid hills under a bright blue sky


An Amer Hlehel, Young Vic and Shubbak Festival co-production.

By Amer Hlehel
Direction Amir Nizar Zuabi
Translation by Amir Nizar Zuabi.

Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm

Saturday matinees: 2.45pm 

Run time: 1 hour 15 minutes


Previews: (5 - 6 July) £10

The Maria

"With this small pencil

I will draw the word

I will write the world."

A lyrical story of the life of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, written and performed by Amer Hlehel. Amir Nizar Zuabi (The Beloved, I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother), founder of celebrated theatre company ShiberHur, returns to the Young Vic to direct this London premiere.

Cast and Creatives

Direction Amir Nizar Zuabi | Design Ashraf Hanna | Light Muaz Jubeh | Music Habib Shehadeh Hanna 

With Amer Hlehel

Taha is part of the Shubbak Festival 2017 

Shubbak festival logo

Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. 1-16 July 2017.

Taha is supported by A.M. Qattan Foundation

Taha was developed, in part, at the 2015 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort

Direction Amir Nizar Zuabi 

Design Ashraf Hanna 

Light Muaz Jubeh 

Music Habib Shehadeh Hanna 


Amer Hlehel


Listen to Amer Hlehel's interview on BBC Radio London here

Writer and Performer Amer Hlehel felt a personal connection to Taha Muhammad Ali. Read about it on Official London Theatre.

"Taha is not a play for me, not a project - it's a life. I am living Taha, I am experiencing a poet, a time, a land, a theatre and myself." Read Amer Hlehel's blog post for Broadway World

Our 2017 season includes Taha, the story of the Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali. Read more on The Guardian.

Written and performed by Amer HlehelTaha will be performed as part of the Young Vic's 2017 season. Read more about our 2017 season on What's On Stage

Our 2017 line-up includes Taha, written and performed by Amer Hlehel. Read more on The Stage.

Theatre.London has seven reasons to be excited about the 2017 Young Vic season and the return of Amir Nizar Zuabi in Taha is one of them.

Taha, performed by Amer Hlehel and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi runs Wednesday 5 July - Saturday 15 July at the Young Vic. Read more about Official London Theatre

Captioned performance
10 July 17, 7.45pm

Audio described performance
12 July, 2.45pm 

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