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Paradise of the Assassins to hit Belgrade's Main Stage

Shaun Reynolds 10th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN ADVENTURE story of love, devotion and betrayal will hit the Belgrade’s Main Stage this month as Paradise of the Assassins comes to town.

Following its run at the 100 seater Tara Arts Theatre in London, the Belgrade will be the only venue to receive the production outside of the capital.

Set in medieval Persia, the show tells the story of young lovers Hussain and Zamurrud – who have eloped and are on their way to Mecca to sanctify their marriage.

After spending a night rough in the Alburz Mountains, Zamurrud is kidnapped by the Assassins and held prisoner in a man-made Paradise.

In order to be reunited with his love, Hussain must renounce his faith.

Written over a century ago, the story charts Hussain’s radicalisation through the medieval Islamic sect in order to regain his love.

The production is brought to life by an ensemble cast of eight actors, led by Asif Khan and RADA graduate Skye Hallam.

Featuring original music from Tara Associate Danyal Dhondy, the show is designed by Linbury Prize finalist Matilde Marangoni.

Show director Anthony Clark has previously worked on previous roles including resident director at The Orange Tree Theatre, London, Artistic Director of Contact Theatre, Manchester, and Artistic Director of Contact Theatre in Manchester. He said: “The struggle for people of faith not to compromise what they believe in, in the face of unforeseen circumstances goes to the heart of the human condition.

“This story touches on terror as political phenomenon and I am interested in the perpetrator who is also a victim.”

Paradise of the Assassins runs at the Belgrade Theatre from Thursday (October 13) until Saturday (October 15).

Tickets, priced from £14.50, can be purchased by visiting www.belgrade.co.uk or calling 02476 553055.

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