Described as the ‘Arab Shakespeare’, Kahlil Gibran is one of the world’s best-selling poets of all-time, coming in just behind the Bard and the Chinese philosopher Laozi. Yet here in the West End, his work is hardly seen in London. But that is about to change with the premiere of a brand new musical based on his autobiographical novel, Broken Wings.
The novel, originally written in Arabic, is set at the turn of the 20th century, and follows a young woman named Selma who is engaged to the nephew of a religious figurehead, but begins to meet with another man in secret.
Broken has been adapted by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman, the latter of which played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera in 2016, and said he hopes the show will prove to be an ‘introduction’ to Gilbran for audiences when the show runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket next week.
You can watch a clip of the song “Spirit of the Earth” from a rehearsal showcase of the show below.