'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' will become a London stage play

'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' by Katherine Boo won the 2012 nonfiction National Book Award and received almost universal critical praise.

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    'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' follows the residents of a slum in India.
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Critically acclaimed nonfiction book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo is set to become a stage play via the National Theater in London in 2014.

"Behind the Beautiful Forevers'' focuses on the residents of a slum known as Annawadi located near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India. Boo, a former Washington Post correspondent who is a staff writer for the New Yorker, spent more than three years in the area in order to write her book.

The stage production of the book will be directed by Rufus Norris, who works as one of the associate directors at the National Theater. "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" will be adapted for the stage by David Hare, a playwright behind works such as 2011 play “South Downs,” and the screenplays for both the 2008 movie “The Reader” starring Kate Winslet, and the 2002 movie “The Hours,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

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"Behind the Beautiful Forevers" is currently scheduled to be part of the National Theater’s fall season in 2014.

The book won the National Book Award in nonfiction for 2012 and was featured on many of last year's "top ten" and "best-of-the-year" lists.

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