The Arabian Nights

written by Mary Zimmerman
Adapted from The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night 

 All performances £10 for Under 16s & Students

“In our heads, my lord, we do contain all the images of the universe.”

In Baghdad, a young woman starts a revolution through the power of storytelling.

For three years, King Shahryar has taken bloody vengeance against the women of his city, marrying a new bride every night and killing her in the morning.

Scheherezade is determined to stop the bloodshed using the only weapons she has – her wit and imagination. Night after night, the King’s newest bride weaves tales of seduction, silliness and suspense. How long can her stories save her?

A punky, modern reimagining of ancient tales.

Suitable for ages 10+

Four Stars The whole ensemble dashes back and storms about, babbling fragments of a thousand and one new stories. Exhilarating. The Times

[A] hopeful and visually appealing family show… From first to last it’s eloquent about the importance of stories – their power to excite, entice and preserve. Evening Standard

A beguiling piece of storytelling for family audiences. The Guardian

With swaggering simplicity, Ben Stones has delivered one of the most gorgeous designs of the year. Time Out

This… is not the first Arabian Nights I have seen staged. But it is one of the most joyous, honest and intelligent. The Stage

Lu Kemp directs with a bold confidence. The Telegraph

In Lu Kemp’s supple production, the show grows like a set of Chinese boxes, opening up story within story within story.  Financial Times

A strong cast… weave in and out of roles with lightness and fluidity. The whole is a celebration of the imagination and its power to inform and transcend. Ham & High

Arabian Nights is an all-round triumph and a gloriously entertaining evening out. Plays to See

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Fri 30 Nov 2012 - Sat 12 Jan 2013

£15 full price
£14 Brent residents
£10 under 16s & students (ID required)

Premium performances 22 – 27 December
£20 full price/ £10 under 16s & students (ID required)

Allocated Seating: The theatre auditorium is unreserved seating. For a small additional charge, you can reserve on of the 40 allocated seats.

Weekday Mats at 2pm
Mon 3 & 24 Dec; Weds 19 & 26 Dec, 2 & 9 Jan; Thurs 13 & 20 Dec, 3 & 10 Jan; Fri 14 Dec (no online booking)

Weekend Mats at 2pm
All Sats excluding 1 & 22 Dec

Press Night: Thurs 6 Dec, 7pm

Accessible Performances:
Audio Described Performance: 20 Dec, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 8 Jan 2013, 7.30pm


Family Ticket Offer: £40 (£50 between 22 – 27 December)
Simply book 2 Full Price Adults and 2 Under 16s tickets and use the Promotional Code 'family'.

Standby Tuesdays: There are a limited number of tickets available on Tuesday evening performances from £5 (minimum contribution). These can only be purchased from 10am on the day by calling or visiting the Box Office.

Group bookings: Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th FREE.

Offers are limited and subject to availability.


Lu Kemp
Ben Stones
Lighting Designer:
Richard Howell
Sound Designer:
Elena Pena
Ann Yee
Illusion consultant:
Darren Lang
Assistant Director:
Finn den Hertog

Original Music by Take It Easy Hospital

Jonathan Bonnici
Denton Chikura
Tunji Falana
Sandy Grierson
Éva Magyar
Itxaso Moreno
Adura Onashile
Tahirah Sharif
Harmage Singh Kalirai
Ony Uhiara
Hemi Yeroham