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+
[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.
A beguiling piece of storytelling for family audiences.
With swaggering simplicity, Ben Stones has delivered one of the most gorgeous designs of the year.
This… is not the first Arabian Nights I have seen staged. But it is one of the most joyous, honest and intelligent.
Lu Kemp directs with a bold confidence.
In Lu Kemp’s supple production, the show grows like a set of Chinese boxes, opening up story within story within story.
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.
Arabian Nights is an all-round triumph and a gloriously entertaining evening out.