In a first for the 71-year-old Sarah Siddons Society, it is pleased to produce a one-night performance of Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy, a new one-woman play written and performed by Almanya Narula, a 2016 Siddons Scholarship recipient. The one act play will enjoy its Chicago premiere on Monday, December 11, 2023 at 7 pm at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. The play is followed by a talkback with Narula. Tickets are available through the Sarah Siddons Society here ($18 members, $25 non-members, $10 students & theatre artists).

Pictured: Almanya Narula in a publicity image for Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy. Photo by Miguel Perez.

Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy made its off-Broadway debut at the United Solo Fest on Theatre Row to a full house in November 2023 taking home a “Best Actress” award and premiered at the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival to much acclaim and sold-out performances. It was also streamed internationally and received several accolades including:

WINNER Best Actress (United Solo, Off-Broadway)
WINNER Soaring Solo Social Impact Award (Hollywood Fringe, LA)
WINNER The Best of Broadwater (Hollywood Fringe, LA)
NOMINEE Solo Performance (Hollywood Fringe, LA)
NOMINEE Black Box Live Digital Innovation Award (Hollywood Fringe, LA)
NOMINEE The Theatre Theater Playwright Award (Hollywood Fringe, LA)
NOMINEE The Will Greer’s Theatricum Botanicum Wordsmith Award (Hollywood Fringe, LA)
RUNNER-UP ‘Best One Person Show’ (LA Theatre Bite, LA)

Born into an Indian family of Sufi royalty, Noor Inayat Khan is a British spy who fought the Nazis and played an integral role in the allied victory of World War II. In this "heroic and compelling" imagining of the last minutes of her life, Noor's decisions will forever change the tide of a war we thought we knew everything about. Now cornered by the Nazis, Noor must choose between her betraying her allies or sacrificing her life to save many. In this one act thrill ride, she will remind us who she is, why she matters and why she will always be a part of history. She fought alongside her colonizers, the British, to fight a greater threat – the evisceration of life as we know it.
The Nazis never forgot her name, and after tonight’s show, you won’t, either.
Noor Inayat Khan is one of over 1.2 million people of Indian descent who contributed to World War II but were left out of the history books. This show brings her story and sacrifice to the forefront.



The Edge Theater (5451 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640)

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December 11, 2023

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