Photo credit: Kiln Theatre (Photo by QueensOfTheHighRoad on Wikipedia)

Kiln Theatre reopens with ‘The Invisible Hand’

The live-streamed production will be available for one night only.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Although theatres will be forced to shut for performances to a live audience from 16 December, theatres can remain open for live streamed shows and rehearsals. As a result, the Kiln Theatre will reopen this week for a live streamed reading of The Invisible Hand, available to watch on 18 December.

The Kiln's artistic director, Indhu Rubasingham said: "The Invisible Hand was my last production before we closed down for refurbishment in 2016, and it was a play I was deeply proud of, and one that seemed to really resonate with audiences... After reading his wonderful new book Homeland Elegies in the height of lockdown... we went on to discuss bringing the show back for a new audience. So, here we are - stripped back to just Ayad's thrilling and fastidiously researched words, in our first ever (but hopefully not the last) live stream."

The Invisible Hand follows Nick Bright, an American banker who is in a Pakistani cell. His fate is in the hands of two separate parties, but it's up to his captors or the financial market to decide.

First staged in 2016, this livestreamed reading will reunite Daniel Lapaine as Nick, Tony Jayawardena as Imam Saleem and Maanuv Thiara as Dar. Scott Karim completes the cast, playing Bashir.

All tickets for The Invisible Hand are free, with donations heavily encouraged. Tickets can be reserved here.

Photo credit: Kiln Theatre (Photo by QueensOfTheHighRoad on Wikipedia)


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