Palestinian-Irish writer

Hannah is currently Resident Writer at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Henry VIII is part of their 2022 summer season, and Hakawatis will be staged winter 2022. Her re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Fir Tree premiered in 2021.

Hannah’s other theatre commissions include new work for the RSC, Soho Theatre, The Kiln and Mosaic/Fishamble.
Previous work for stage includes A Museum in Baghdad, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in 2019 directed by Erica Whyman, Interference for The National Theatre of Scotland, The Scar Test for Soho Theatre and Scenes from 68* Years for the Arcola. Her work is published by Methuen.

Hannah has also written numerous radio plays, including The Unwelcome, Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room all for BBC Radio 4. 

Television work includes multiple episodes of the Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks. Her short film, The Record, won the Tommy Vine screenplay award at the Underwire film festival, and went on to be made. It was also selected at London Palestine Film Festival.

Hannah was named Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2021 and is a Creative Fellow of the Samuel Beckett Archive for 2021/2022.

Hannah is on Twitter at @hannykha

Hannah Khalil has created a big-hearted and entertaining adaptation. There is a serious (ecological) note, but not too much moralising. There is a bit of singing, an opportunity to decorate trees, and – like all good Globe productions – a little audience participation. It runs at just over an hour, which feels like the perfect length.

Salterton Arts
on The Fir Tree

Perhaps the most powerful and economically written play of the three, Khalil’s 40-minute drama ... leaves us with a feeling of near-despair at the prospect of a world in which every kind of human experience can be destroyed, then artificially recreated at a price.

The Scotsman
on Interference: Metaverse

Wickedly funny and heartbreaking.

David Ralf
The Stage on Scenes From 68* Years

A remarkable piece of writing made outstanding by a dynamic production. 

Dave Fargnoli
Exeunt Magazine on Scenes From 68* Years




Director Amy Hodge
The Globe Theatre
Director Ian Nicholson

Watch here.

Little Angel Theatre
Director Michelle Terry

A magical re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

The Globe
Director Erica Whyman
The Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Maxine Peake
Arcola Theatre (Live Stream)
Fly High Stories
Director Ian Nicholson
Watermans Arts Centre
Producer Sarah Davey Hull
Central School of Speech and Drama

A downloadable play for children to perform at home.

Fly High Stories
Director Tom Littler
Jeremyn St Theatre
Director Elizabeth Newman
Pitlochry (Shades of Tay)
Director Pooja Ghai
The Globe Theatre / Tamasha Theatre Company
Director Cora Bissett
National Theatre of Scotland
Director Sara Joyce
Untold Arts / Soho Theatre
Scenes From 68* Years
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Award
Director Chris White
Alia Alzougbi / Arcola Theatre
Director Kirsty Housley
Theatre Delicatessen as part of Theatre Uncut
Director Diyan Zora
Old Red Lion, London and Unity Theatre Liverpool
Plan D
nominated, Meyer Whitworth Award
Director Chris White

Tristan Bates Theatre
Director Manijeh Mohamedi
Z Space/ Golden Thread's ReOrient Festival San Francisco
Director Pia Furtado
The King's Head, London



3 x 30'
Producer Emily Gascoyne
Lime Pictures for E4



Producer Katherine Kotz
Director Caroline Byrne
Kerry International Film Festival, London Irish Film Festival, Zebra Film Fest Berlin
The Record
Winner: Tommy Vine Screen play competition (Under the Wire Film Festival)
Director Chris White
Louth International Film Festival and Palestinian Film Festival London 2019



Director Mary Peate
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Director Nandita Ghose
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Director Mary Peate
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4