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Adapted for stage by Ursula Rani Sarma, Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel A Thousand Splendid Suns is the powerful story of three generations of women discovering strength in unity and finding hope in the unlikeliest of places. Following the recent successful stage adaptation of Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, already a major film and named Book of the Decade, this production of A Thousand Splendid Suns is directed by experienced Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert and comes to Northern Stage from Thursday 30th May-Saturday 15th June.

The play takes place in 1992 in an Afghanistan ravaged by war, and tells the story of an orphaned young girl, Laila, who is left alone in an increasingly threatening world.  When her older neighbour Rasheed takes Laila as his second wife and welcomes her into his home, Rasheed’s first wife Mariam has no choice but to accept her younger, and now pregnant, rival. However, as the Taliban take over, life for all three of them becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Faced with this continued oppression, the two women become unlikely allies. 

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan and now founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan, Hosseini has become one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world. A Thousand Splendid Suns is an exquisite insight into a world most of us cannot begin to imagine, which depicts a love that grows and sustains the human spirit even during the hardest of times.

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