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Work type: Play.


The Arabian Nights is a timeless library of fantastical stories, woven into a rich, open tapestry. It is a celebration of the artistic and cultural history of both Islam and the wider ancient world, full of timeless heroes and villains. Ali Baba, Ala'ad-Din and Sinbad the Sailor swarm from its pages, among thousands of other legends. Join Iris Theatre at the grandest wedding of the year. Opulent and colourful and filled to the brim with music, magic and dance. The smell of firecrackers fills the air, but underneath the festivities lies the strong scent of decay. The groom, King Shahryar is a tyrant and every single night he marries a new girl and every single morning he has her killed. The cycle of violence has continued for years, but is to be brought to an end in the unlikeliest of ways and by the bravest of women. For with the executioner's sword hanging over her neck, Sharazad starts to tell stories and with every fabulous tale she stretches out the thread of her life a little further, into an unknowable tapestry of the future.Author Nessah Muthy. Company Iris Theatre. Director Daniel Winder. Design Amber Scarlett. Design Jonny Dixon (puppets). Author Nessah Muthy.
12 Sep 18 to 13 Oct 18Hoxton Hall, Inner London :: V204
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Tales from the Arabian Nights is family friendly promenade theatre - our version of travelling the silk route. The classic stories were told across the trading routes running from East Asia to North Africa ? they were told live in market places and coffee shops.We are excited to be back in the parks with a wonderful reimagining of the classic Tales from the Arabian Nights - Join us for an adventure, a visual feast, a storytelling delight.Producer London Bubble. Author Farhana Sheikh.
9 Aug 17 to 19 Aug 17General, Outer London :: V1087
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You may think the oft-told tales of Arabian Nights are familiar, but writer Neil Duffield, has taken them, shaken them and delivered them in a fresh and exciting way. With original music, this is going to be a great way to kick off the Easter holidays.Presented byTheatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Youth Theatre. Adapted by Neil Duffield. Director David Whitney.
6 Apr 17 to 7 Apr 17Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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Presented byThe Asha Centre.
3 Mar 17 to 4 Mar 17The King's Theatre, Gloucester :: V029413031
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In an enchanting space where stories unfold and magic happens, a young girl delays death by telling a nightly tale to a murderous king. Heroes, villains, romance, betrayal, hilarity? the list is endless. However, things are set to turn sour if and when her ?story-well' dries up! The exciting twists and turns of Arabian Nights will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.Presented byHeathfield Drama Festival.
11 Oct 16 to 13 Oct 16Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton :: V01603938282
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Dominic Cooke's version of Arabian Nights is a bewitching collection of tales told by the King's new Queen, Shahrazad. In the morning she will be put to death like the thousand young brides before her. With a mischievous imagination and silver tongue, Shahrazad paints a dazzling array of stories and characters, summoned forth from strange and magical worlds populated by singing trees and crafty thieves. Can the power of story telling save her life?Presented byCrispin School. Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Director Anne Wilson. Director Claire Baumgardt.
10 Mar 16 to 12 Mar 16Strode Theatre, Street :: V917
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King Shahrayer has decreed that whenever he marries the following morning his new wife must die. On her wedding night, Shahrazad?s only hope is to enchant the King with her tales of magic and adventure. Bewitched by dazzling characters like Ali Baba, Es-Sindibad the Sailor, giants, beasts, menacing ghouls, scheming thieves and birds that can talk, the King defers the execution for a thousand and one nights. Will he spare Shahrazad's life forever?Presented byBath Spa University's OnSet Productions. Adapted by Dominic Cooke.
12 Feb 15 to 14 Feb 15Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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Come and enjoy Ali Baba's encounter with the 40 thieves along with Aladdin and his lamp, the Little Beggar and the Fisherman and the Genie. Be transported to a wonderful world of mysterious marvels and tales retold with music, puppetry and theatrical magic.Company Story Pocket Theatre (in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre).
30 May 14 to 31 May 14New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
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A rip-roaring comedy! Hammer and Tongs Theatre tramples raucously through the far-flung fables of Arabian Nights. A madcap physical comedy played out by a rambunctious ensemble and accompanied by live music.Company Hammer and Tongs Theatre. Director Jennifer Rose Lee. Design Beth Heaton. Performer Suzie Grimsdick. Performer James Weal. Performer George Clarke. Performer Helen Foster. Performer Kate Millest.
26 Nov 13 to 14 Dec 13The Blue Elephant Theatre, Inner London :: V1259993386
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Adapted from the world-famous folk tales by Dominic Cooke, who is the Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Arabian Nights is a richly imaginative, enthralling and funny delight for Christmas that will keep children and adults alike spellbound.Corporate Sponsor Mancheter Airport. Company Library Theatre Company. Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Director Amy Leach. Performer Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi (Shahrazad). Performer Mitesh Soni (Ali Baba). Performer Paul Barnhill (Es-Sindibad the sailor). Performer Emilio Doorgasingh (Shahrayer). Performer Kezrena James (Dinarzad). Performer Jo Mousley (Marjanah). Performer Tachia Newall (Kassim). Performer Claire Storey (Mrs Baba). Performer Mark Carlisle (Vizier).
30 Nov 12 to 12 Jan 13The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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Long, long ago, in a faraway land of mystery and wonder, a cruel king listens as a beautiful princess tells him stories - magical tales of princes and fishermen, flying horses and fabulous treasures, talking animals and powerful genies. Will she find the one story that will save them both, and fill his heart with joy and love? Or is she doomed to die, and the king to remain forever alone? Full of mystical creatures, magical transformations and enchanting music, expect a show crammed full with delights and surprises drawn from one of the greatest collection of stories ever.Producer The Watermill. Adapted by Toby Hulse. Director Robin Belfield. Music Simon Slater. Musical Director Simon Slater. Design Karen McKeon. Lighting Mark Dymock. Sound Peter Rice. Performer Tarek Merchant. Performer Kit Orton. Performer Morgan Philpott. Performer Rosalind Steele. Performer Samantha Sutherland. Performer Amanda Wilkin.
22 Nov 12 to 6 Jan 13The Watermill Theatre, Newbury :: V733
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A rip-roaring comedy! This production tramples raucously through the far-flung fables of the Arabian Nights in which Queen Scheherazade has delayed her execution by enthralling the king with stories. Day after day the executioner arrives and finds the King too captivated to be disturbed by his customary daily beheading of wives. Live music accompanies the rambunctious ensemble of five actors who take on a multitude of weird and wonderful characters. Amidst kings, princess, geniis, numerous talking animals and a flying horse, expect to see this classic saga innovatively retold. Prepare yourselves to be bombarded by imagination and battered with fantasy!Producer Jennifer R. Lee. Director Jennifer R. Lee. Director Valentina Zagaria (assistant). Design Hannah Wilcock. Costume Jennifer R. Lee. Costume Christopher Lee. Performer Tamara Aster (Mrs Axe)/Sorcerer/Donkey/Dog/Genii/Prince/Merchant 2/Merchant 3). Performer Tom Alvon (narrator 2/King/Merchant/Job-Person/Genii/Princess 3/King 4/Mother Giant Bird). Performer Charlotte Reid (narrator 3/Scheherazade/Wife/Genii/Genii 2/King 2/Princess 3/Baby Giant Bird). Performer Eddy Cottridge (narrator 4/Vizier/Farmer/Cockerel/Woodcutter/Monkeyprince/Crab/Craftsman/King 3/Servant). Performer Emilia Petryszyn (narrator 5/Queen/Bull/Priest/Princess/Princess 2/Fisherman/Deedee/Ebony Horse/Sinbad).
13 Aug 12 to 18 Aug 12Camden People's Theatre, Inner London :: V176
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Tell us a story Scheherazade... This winter let Proteus take you on a magical journey to the Far East, to the home of Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad and the most famous storyteller of all, Scheherazade. The stories of The Thousand and One Nights are tales of adventure, with monsters and genies, wizards and thieves, all wrapped in the romantic tale of the King of Persia and Scheherazade - the masterful storyteller who must tell a new story each night, with no repeats, to save herself from execution. Created in Proteus' unique style fusing circus, magic, film and music, this is an exotic treat for Christmas, full of heat and spice! So what are you waiting for, climb aboard the magic carpet for the ride of your life!Company Proteus Theatre Company.
18 Dec 11Mumford Theatre, Cambridge :: V22
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Long ago in a far off land a King is to be married to the beautiful Sheherazade. No one is celebrating, for the brutal King Sharyar has executed 1,000 wives before her. Only her gift of storytelling can save her life. Enter Sheherazade s world of wondrous adventures as the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre present a spectacular revival of the musical version of Arabian Nights prior to its August run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Company Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre. Adapted by Adam Forde. Music David Perkins. Musical Director David Perkins.
11 Aug 11 to 13 Aug 11Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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A new version by the company. From the company that brought you The Odyssey and Canterbury Tales. Expect another fun packed and risque re-telling of the legendary Scheherazade's fabulous stories.Company Faction. Director Mark Leipacher.
28 Jun 11 to 22 Jul 11Bridewell Theatre, Inner London :: V171
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A cast of eighteen will paint a dazzling array of stories and characters in Dominic Cooke's adaptation of the Arabian Nights. Shahrazad's bewitching tales, which include Ali Baba and Es-Sindibad, celebrate the power of the imagination and storytelling, and will be told through a heady mixture of song, dance, puppetry and illusion. Originally created and performed at the Young Vic in 1998 and followed by a successful tour which included the Edinburgh Festival, Dublin and New York, this version will be expanded and developed specially for the RSC's Courtyard Theatre. Dominic worked on the original tales held in eighteen volumes at the British Library to come up with his adaptation.Company Royal Shakespeare Company. Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Director Dominic Cooke. Performer Ayesha Dharker. Performer Paul Bhattacharjee. Performer Salas Carson. Performer Daniel Cerqueira. Performer Marcus Stephen. Performer Rohan Fernando. Performer Kevork Malikyan. Performer Chris Ryman. Performer Amit Shah. Performer Nav Sidhu. Performer Simon Trinder. Performer Rene Zagger. Performer Nathalie Armin. Performer Natalie Dew. Performer Kiran Landa. Performer Adura Onashile. Performer Chetna Pandya. Performer Harvey Virdi.
5 Dec 09 to 30 Jan 10Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V643776775
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Crawley Youth Theatre stage the exciting tale of the vengeful King Shahryar and his new bride Sheherazade. In order to save herself from execution, night after night Sheherazade recounts many adventurous stories including Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, The Fisherman and The Genie and Sinbad the Sailor.Company Crawley Youth Theatre.
10 Dec 09 to 11 Dec 09The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
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Funny, sensuous, romantic and enchanting, Mary Zimmerman’s acclaimed adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a rich and poetic piece of physical theatre. Blending original music, dance, mime and clowning, Playing Up’s versatile ensemble cast portray over 60 characters in a magical blend of the lesser-known tales from 1001 nights.Adapted by Mary Zimmerman. Company Playing Up.
11 Mar 09 to 14 Mar 09The Rondo, Bath :: V855
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Long ago, in a faraway land, it is wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Sharazad will be put to death like a thousand young brides before her. But the clever young Queen had a gift that can save her – the gift of storytelling. And she has one thousand and one miraculous tales…Producer New Vic. Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Director Paul Warwick. Choreographer Shobna Gulati.
22 Nov 08 to 17 Jan 09New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
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King Shahrayar, heartbroken by his wife’s betrayal, vows to marry a virgin each night and have her beheaded in the morning. The women of the Kingdom live in terror, until Shaharazad, a beautiful and brave young woman, plots with her sister, Dinarzad, to volunteer as a bride and charm the King with her storytelling, hoping that each morning he will postpone her execution. Shaharazad spins out stories of adventures in strange and magical worlds populated by giant beasts, talking birds and crafty thieves including Ali Baba and Sinbad the Sailor. Will her silver-tongued storytelling save her life? Fast paced physical theatre, exciting imagery and xtraordinary entertainment bring to life the power and humour of these compelling tales.Company Mercury Youth Theatre. Adapted by Dominic Cooke.
29 Aug 08 to 30 Aug 08Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
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A fantastically theatrical production full of tall tales and adventure.Company Questors Youth Theatre. Adapted by Dominic Cooke.
19 Feb 08 to 23 Feb 08Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
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It is the wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like a thousand young brides before her. She has the one gift that can save her - the gift of storytelling. If she can occupy the king with her stories then she can avoid the executioner's block.Company Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre. Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Director James Williams. Design Michaela Kemp. Music Rebecca Applin.
26 Oct 07 to 27 Oct 07Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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In the bewitching setting of the Mirror Tent, let us transport you to a dazzling world where Ali Baba outwits 40 thieves, Sindibad rules the seas and stories can save your life! On her wedding night Shahrazad, the beguiling young bride of the vengeful king, uses the power of storytelling to save herself from the grisly fate of the king’s previous wives. As her interlocking stories unfold, she reveals worlds that are mysterious, magical and enticing.Company Creation Theatre Company.
23 Nov 06 to 13 Jan 07General, Oxford :: V1095
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Adapted by Dominic Cooke.
6 Sep 06 to 9 Sep 06The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings :: V669
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Company Jack Cade's Rebellion (JCR Intermediates).
19 Apr 06 to 20 Apr 06Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks :: V688
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Producer The Watermill. Author Neil Duffield. Director Andy Brereton. Design Gary McCann. Music Janie Armour. Performer Ryan Coath. Performer Sarah Groarke. Performer Natasha Moore. Performer Robin Samson. Performer Matthew Woodyatt.
1 Dec 04 to 8 Jan 05The Watermill Theatre, Newbury :: V733
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A Princess on her wedding night waits to marry the evil sultan - will she survive? A Christmas parcel of stories for all the family.Author Simon Turley. Director Rod Dixon.
10 Dec 03 to 30 Dec 03Barbican Theatre, Plymouth :: V894
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Company Shining Lights.
12 Dec 03 to 13 Dec 03Corn Exchange, Newbury :: V732
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Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Company Gwent Young Peoples Theatre.
23 Jan 03 to 25 Jan 03Borough Theatre, Abergavenny :: V839
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Author Neil Duffield. Director Paul Jonathan Savage. Music Andy Garbi. Design Helen Davies. Lighting Richard G Jones.
15 Nov 02 to 4 Jan 03mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
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Director Renny Krupinski.
18 Dec 02 to 21 Dec 02The Capitol Theatre, Manchester :: V1006
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Company Manchester Youth Theatre.
28 Aug 02 to 7 Sep 02Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
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Student Production. Scheherazade's nightly fantasy to save her life - condensed.
9 Jul 02 to 13 Jul 02Progress Theatre, Reading :: V737
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Performer Claire Dodin (Shahrazad).
4 Dec 01 to 15 Dec 01Hounslow Arts Centre & Paul Robeson Theatre, Outer London :: V323
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Web siteAdapted by Dominic Cooke. Company Adastra Theatre Company. Director Gene David Kirk. Producer Simon Barnes. Performer Christine Dunn. Performer Kerry McNally. Performer Sue Emmett. Performer Debbie Kerr. Performer Karrie Stark. Performer Eileen Steel. Performer Fiona Gwinnett. Performer Rebecca Harfield. Performer Frances Iles. Performer Pamela Jones. Performer Alexandra Stroud. Performer Aimee Perrett. Performer Gavin Bateman. Performer Damien Beynon. Performer Robert Iles. Performer Malcolm Jones. Performer Martin Truss. Performer Roger Wheale. Performer Ellis Artus. Performer James Baker. Performer Christopher Dunn. Performer Paul McCue. Performer Albert Ward. Performer Karen Boyer. Other Suzy Brown (stage manager). Other Nick Coleman (DSM). Other Jim Brown (ASM Book). Other Sharon Robson (ASM). Other Anne Artus(ASM Prompt) (ASM Prompt). Music Hilary Thorne. Sound Jouhn O.
5 Sep 01 to 8 Sep 01Key Theatre, Peterborough :: V27
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In strange and distant lands, flying creatures, handsome heroes and beautiful princesses combine to create a thrilling story beyond your imagination. A host of exotic and spectacular characters are brought to life in a fast moving and marvelous adventure.Company Forest Youth Theatre. Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Director Paul Cuerdale.
30 Aug 01 to 1 Sep 01South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
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Adapted by James Harper from a screenplay by Peter Barnes. The Sultan of Bagdad has a woman problem. They never seem to stay around for more than a day. OK, it would help if he didn’t keep having their heads off. . . Scherezade is different, her entrancing tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and others may just save her neck . . .Company Shattered Windscreen. Book by Peter Barnes. Adapted by James Harper.
13 Aug 01 to 17 Aug 01Minack Theatre, Penzance :: V872
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Stories from the 1001 Nights - T1370137827

Company Dukes Theatre. Performer Stephen Finegold. Performer Ria Knowles. Performer Simon Nagra. Performer Robin Samson. Performer Lara J West. Performer Keith Morris. Performer Paula Crutchlow.
6 Jul 01 to 11 Aug 01General, General :: V1284
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Company Youth Group Act 1. Adapted by Dominic Cooke. Director Julia Burgess.
22 Feb 01 to 24 Feb 01Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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24 Jun 16 to 26 Jun 16Nomad Theatre, East Horsley :: V714
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