Rumi: The Musical

The origins of Rumi’s philosophical and poetic legacy are explored in this powerful new musical.

The legacy of 13th century philosopher and poet Rumi has touched millions around the world and continues to make an impact in its universality and utilitarian nature; a legacy which has lasted eight centuries and has inspired all nationalities, ages, faiths and backgrounds. But how did it all begin?

Rumi: The Musical examines the transformative and powerful relationship between Rumi and his mentor Shams Tabrizi, and how this extraordinary friendship, integral to Rumi’s development as both thinker and writer, impacted the lives of Rumi’s family, friends and followers, contextualising many of his popular words and works.

Written by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman, Rumi: The Musical is based on a Story by Evren Sharma, with Orchestrations and Arrangements by Joe Davison and Vocal Arrangements by Nikki Davison.

The Score is inspired by the global scale of Rumi’s outreach and influence, which has always broken cultural borders and resonated with hearts and minds across Continents; combining Middle Eastern authenticity with Classical influences and Contemporary Musical Theatre, with Lyrics derived from Rumi’s poetry.

The Book is driven by the beauty of Rumi’s philosophy, highlighting timeless human values, yet crucially asking challenging questions of cultural tradition, gender equality and the heavy price of success and fame on loved ones.

The score hooks you straight from the start - you are transported to the Middle East where classical influences and musical theatre meet head on, in spectacular fashion.

Musical Theatre Review

Running Time
2hrs 30mins

For more information, please contact the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or box.office@eno.org

Creative Team

Bronagh Lagan

Director

Joe Davison

Conductor

Anjali Mehra

Choreographer

Joe & Nikki Davison

Musical Direction & Supervision

Maias Alyamani

Middle Eastern Musical Supervision

Gregor Donnelly

Set & Costume Design

Nic Farman

Lightning Design

Simon Hendry

Sound Design

Matt Powell

Video Design

Settingline

Production Management

Laura Deards

Company Stage Manager

Aran Cherkez

Assistant Director

Natalie Pound

Assistant Musical Director

Mark Samaras

Assistant Choreographer

Ali Matar

Producer

Cast

Ramin Karimloo

Shams

Nadim Naaman

Rumi

Casey Al Shaqsy

Kimya

Soophia Foroughi

Kara

Ahmed Hamad

Aladdin

Yazdan Qafouri

Sultan Valed

Johan Munir

Husam

Benjamin Armstrong

Sayyed

Roshani Abbey

Ensemble

Amira Al Shanti

Ensemble

Eva-Theresa Chokarian

Ensemble

Maëva Feitelson

Ensemble

Sasha Ghoshal

Ensemble

Blythe Jandoo

Ensemble

Ediz Mahmut

Ensemble

Zara Naeem

Ensemble

Mark Samaras

Ensemble

Aliza Vakil

Ensemble