Hannah Khalil, Playwright

A Museum in Baghdad RSC image Ellie Kurttz

Rendah Heywood, Houda Echouafni, Emma Fielding and Debbie Korley.

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Hannah's current 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 arrested, it will be recorded as live in October and streamed at a later date. She is also writing a new version of Ovid's Penelope (pictured right) as part of 15 Heroines for the Jermyn Street Theatre which will stream in November 2020. 

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 cncelled 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, she is under commission to The Kiln, Golden Thread in San Francisco, Shakespeare's Globe and Chichester Festival Theatre.



Hannah's agent is Jessica Cooper at Curtis Brown.

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Scenes from 68* Years 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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