Hannah's play Bitterenders will be streamed live from the Arcola Theatre on Friday 9 July and then available on demand until 17 July. It is directed by Maxine Peake and features Sarah Agha (King John, A Museum in Baghdad - RSC), Murat Erkek (Here - Curious Monkey, The Lehman Trilogy - National Theatre), Rendah Beshoori (A Museum In Baghdad - RSC, The Kitchen - National Theatre) and Anna Savva (Jude - Hampstead Theatre, The Durrells). Music is composed by Donna McKevitt. Steven Kunis assistant directs. The production team includes Matthew Dunste as Executive Producer. David Adkin and Damien Tracey produce and Simon Marriott associate produces. All proceeds go to MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians).

Hannah has been named Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University for Spring 2021.

She also takes up the position of Creative Fellow of the Samuel Beckett Archive from September 2021. 

Her play Sleepwalking which was cancelled by Hampstead Theatre in April 2020 is now published by Methuen Drama as part of a series of 'Lost Plays' (pictured right).

Current work includes Myths and Adventures from Ancient Greece, featuring four Greek myths adapted into online puppet shows and brought to life by Peyvand Sadeghian, Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde (pictured above). They are available on the Watermans Arts Centre YouTube.   

Other online work includes a new play for the students of Central School of Speech and Drama called The Censor or How to Put on a Political Play without being fined arrested. In addition, Mrs Scrooge a short interactive festive play is available to watch online now - commissioned by Fly High Stories and produced by Sarah Gain Productions. 

In November, Hannah's new version of Ovid's Penelope was live as part of 15 Heroines for the Jermyn Street Theatre. 

Hannah was due to have two plays opening in London in Spring 2020, A Museum in Baghdad  at The Kiln after an initial run at the Swan Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In addition,  the World Premier of  Sleepwalking at Hampstead Theatre - unfortunately both were cancelled due to COVID. 

In 2019 Hannah was commissioned as part of the Arab British Centre and Dr Johnson’s House exhibition 'London’s Theatre of the East' about Arabs in Elizabethan and Johnson’s Britain. Her piece - Margaret White and the Alcoran of Mahomet formed part of the exhibition that ran at Dr Johnson’s House in London from November 2019 to February 2020.

Previous work includes Interference at National Theatre of Scotland, The Scar Test at Soho Theatre and Scenes from 68* Years directed by Chris White which ran at the Arcola in Dalston to critical and audience acclaim. It was nominated for the James Tait Black award.

Scenes has subsequently been produced at Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco (April 2019) and it had a Tunisian production, called Trouf, directed by Chris White and Ghazi Zagbani which was performing at theatres across Tunis in autumn and winter 2019, and continues to be performed in rep (supported by British Council Tunisia and AFAC and produced by Alia Al Zougbi).


Radio plays include The Unwelcome, Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room all for BBC Radio 4. Television work includes multiple episodes of the Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks.


Hannah was Writer on attachment at the Bush Theatre as part of Project 2036 from 2016-2017. She was awarded The Arab British Centre's prize for Culture 2017, and is under commission to The Kiln, Golden Thread in San Francisco, Shakespeare's Globe, The RSC and Fishamble, as well as developing a new original drama for a major SVOD.


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Hannah Khalil - February  2021

Further information



Hannah's agent is Jessica Cooper at Curtis Brown.

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Hannah's work is published by Methuen in the UK while Plan D is available as part of Inside/Outide: Six plays from Palestine and the Diaspora. Two of her short plays are published in Sykes Picot: The Legacy

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Production pictures on this page are from Scenes from 68* Years and were taken by Ellie Kurttz.

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You can follow Hannah on twitter @hannykha, and read her blog on wordpress

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