SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Shakespeare in Kabul

Shakespeare in Kabul
Stephen Landrigans (Author) and Qais Akbar Omar (Author)

Date: 29 May 2012Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 29 May 2012Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Book Launch

"Shakespeare in Kabul" chronicles a Dari-language production of "Love's Labour's Lost" that was staged in Afghanistan by Afghan actors in 2005 and 2006.  Co-authors Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar were involved in the production.  The book captures the depth of culture that underlies all Afghan life, and which is rarely reported by the media.  The play was produced during a time of great optimism in Afghanistan, but would not be possible today.  The authors will discuss the production, the book and the current situation in Afghanistan and where it is heading.


Stephen Landrigans is an American, a former journalist, who lived for six years in Kabul working primarily on wool and carpet issues.  Qais Akbar Omar is an Afghan writer who is also a carpet designer and producer.


Free and open to the public.

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