An autobiographical account of KAHLIL GIBRAN’S first love, Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of the iconic poet’s 1912 masterpiece.

New York City, 1923. An ageing Gibran narrates from his cold studio. Through poetry and music, he transports us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut. His eighteen-year-old self returns to The Middle East after five years in America, to complete his education and discover more of his heritage. He falls deeply in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of family friend and hugely respected local businessman, Farris Karamy. However, Selma soon becomes betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, nephew of the powerful Bishop Bulos Galib, who has one eye on the Karamy family fortune. Gibran and Selma fight to reconcile their love for one another, whilst navigating the rules, traditions and expectations that their society lays before them.

This moving new musical is written by Middle Eastern duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, and directed by Bronagh Lagan, with orchestrations by Joe Davison. What inspired the acclaimed author of The Prophet to write? What moved him to such profound philosophy in his later life? The events of Broken Wings highlight key issues of the time, yet the themes and debates raised remain increasingly relevant today, over a century later; the fight for gender equality, the freedom to love who we love, tradition versus modernity, wealth versus happiness, immigration and the importance of ‘home’.


2 hours 10 mins (including interval)

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Theatre Royal Haymarket

Haymarket. SW1Y 4HT.

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Suitable For Children


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Theatre Royal Haymarket

18 Suffolk Street London




4.7(9 reviews)
  • Trishla Joshi

    Aug 6, 2018

    Poignant performance by Nikita Johal. Absolutely stunning and would love to see her again.

  • A Jeffrie

    Aug 6, 2018

    Excellent musical - acting was superb and the lines were spoken clearly and lucidly . The play in itself was excellent and the English language was at its finest. Highly recommended. Its a shame that Broken Wings was on for only 4 days!! A longer run would be welcome.

  • Mandy W

    Aug 5, 2018

    Broken Wings at the Theatre Royal Haymarket was absolutely superb. The singing was mesmorising. A beautiful and tragic tale of love and loss. I had tears streaming down my face at the end. A massive standing ovation.