“In glorious Istanbul, about 100 years ago lived Hürmüz and her seven husbands…”, so wrote Sadık Şendil, one of Turkey’s greatest contemporary playwrights. Such was its popularity when this classic Turkish comedy made its debut in 1967 that it remained on stage in a sell-out run for two years before being turned into a musical and film.
Set in the 1800s at a time when women had few rights, 7 Kocalı Hürmüz is about a flirtatious lady named Hürmüz who craftily seeks to overcome her money troubles by wedding multiple husbands – one for every day of the week. All is going well and Hürmüz settles into a financially comfortable life. The problem is her husbands don’t know about each other and trouble is set to hit home when they all decide to be with her on the same day.
London gets the chance to see this hilarious story in April, when it is staged at the Arcola Theatre in East London. Under the expert direction of Naz Yeni, this new adaptation will explore modern love and relationships through musical comedy and all-out farce. Ada Burke plays the lead role of Hürmüz and the play is produced by Arcola Ala-Turka in conjunction with Pan Productions.
The play opens on Sunday 8th April and runs for five consecutive nights at the Arcola. Get your tickets fast before they sell out!
Title: 7 Kocalı Hürmüz / 7 Husbands for Hürmüz
Language: performed in Turkish with English surtitles
Dates: opens Sunday 8 April, runs to Thursday 12 April 2018
Running time: 150 minutes
Start time: 8pm
Venue: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Admission: £12 / £10 concessions