Broken Wings

West End premiere of a new musical, telling the autobiographical tale of tragic love based on Lebanese-born poet Kahlil Gibran's 1912 masterpiece.
Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Image: Ali Matar


Genre: Musical
Venue: Theatre Royal Haymarket
Started: Wednesday 1 August 2018
Closed: Saturday 4 August 2018
Running time:2 hrs 10 mins (including interval)
Age suitability: Not available


An autobiographical account of Kahlil Gibran's first love, Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of the iconic poet's 1912 masterpiece.

This moving new musical is written by Middle Eastern duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, and directed by Bronagh Lagan, with orchestrations by Joe Davison.

What inspired the acclaimed author of The Prophet to write?

What moved him to such profound philosophy in his later life?

The events of Broken Wings highlight key issues of the time, yet the themes and debates raised remain increasingly relevant today, over a century later; the fight for gender equality, the freedom to love who we love, tradition versus modernity, wealth versus happiness, immigration and the importance of 'home'.

A semi-staged production with 9-piece orchestra.


New York City, 1923.

An ageing Gibran narrates from his cold studio.

Through poetry and music, he transports us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut.

His eighteen-year-old self returns to The Middle East after five years in America, to complete his education and discover more of his heritage.

He falls deeply in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of family friend and hugely respected local businessman, Farris Karamy.

However, Selma soon becomes betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, nephew of the powerful Bishop Bulos Galib, who has one eye on the Karamy family fortune.

Gibran and Selma fight to reconcile their love for one another, whilst navigating the rules, traditions and expectations that their society lays before them.


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Postal address:
18 Suffolk Street
London SW1Y 4HT

Box office tel: 020 7930 8800

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Previews from:Wednesday 1 August 2018

Press night:Thursday 2 August 2018

Closes:Saturday 4 August 2018

Performance days & times


Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Saturday - 2-30pm



From £26

Access information

Patrons requiring access into the theatre, wheelchair spaces and the Access rate should contact the box office on 020 7930 8800 ‑ Monday to Saturday 10am to 7.30pm.


Nikita Johal - Selma

Nadim Naaman - Gibran

Rob Houchen - Gibran's teenage self

Adam Linstead - Farris

Soophia Foroughi - Mother

Nadeem Crowe - Karim

Irvine Iqbal - Bishop Bulos Galib

Sami Lamine - Mansour Bey Galib

Robert Hannouch - ensemble

Lauren James Ray - ensemble


Author: Nadim Naaman
Composer: Dana al Fardan and Nadim Naaman; Joe Davison (orchestrations)
Lyricist: Dana al Fardan and Nadim Naaman
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Production: Ali Matar

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