Show Details

soho theatre

Soho Theatre Upstairs
DATES Wed 21 Nov – Sat 1 Dec

stratford upon avon

New Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon College
DATES Wed 5 Dec


Royal Exchange Theatre Studio
DATES Thurs 6 – Sat 8 Dec 2012

bury st edmunds

The Guildhall, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
DATES Mon 10 – Tues 11 Dec


Barnfield Theatre In Association with the Bike Shed Theatre
DATES Thurs 13 Dec 2012

Arab Nights

Six tales of revolution in this modern day Arabian Nights

Shahrazad needs to survive for just one more night. Can her stories save her?

Meet diabolical djinnis, a latter-day Sinbad and a shoe-obsessed dictator’s wife in this collection of six new plays inspired by recent events in the Middle East and North Africa.

From the stirring to the satirical we bring these stories to life with our signature mix of performance, puppetry and live music to create an Arabian Nights for a modern age.

Arab Nights writers include: Baghdad Wedding playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak (Iraq); an anonymous writer (Iran); storyteller Chirine El Ansary (Egypt); journalist Ghalia Kabbani (Syria); live artist Tania El Khoury (Lebanon); and Orwell Prize-winning novelist Raja Shehadeh (Palestine).

Arab Nights opened to sell-out audiences at the Soho Theatre on 21st November – book now join us on tour.

During the London run there were several post-show discussions.

Palestine and the Arab Spring – with Raja Shehadeh (Orwell Prize winning Palestinian Novelist and one of the authors of Arab Nights)

Story-telling and Theatre – with Stephe Harrop (professional story-teller and professor of story-telling at Rose Bruford)

The Situation in Syria – with Ghalia Kabbani (Syrian novelist & journalist and one of the authors of Arab Nights) and Henry Hogger (former British ambassador to Syria)

1001 Nights today – with Tim Supple (International theatre director and former Artistic Director of the Young Vic. His multi-lingual, Arabic production of One Thousand and One Nights for Dash Arts premiered at Edinburgh International Festival in 2011)

The Situation in Egypt – with Chirine El Ansary (Egyptian story teller & one of the authors of Arab Nights) and Gerald Butt (Middle East analyst & former BBC Egypt correspondant)

cast & crew


Shahrazad & ensemble | Houda Echouafni
Dinarzad & ensemble | Natalie Dew
Perviz & ensemble | Lahcen Razzougui


Writer | The Tale of Sindbad and the old Goat| Hassan Abdulrazzak
Writer | The Tale of the River Brides| Chirine El Ansary
Writer | The Tales of the Two Djinnis and the Wall| Raja Shehadeh
Writer | The Tale of the Dictator’s Wife | Tania El Khoury
Writer | The Tale in His Mind | Anonymous
Writer | The Tale of the Lady of Damascus| Ghalia Kabbani

Director | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Designer | William Reynolds
Composer & Musical Director | Bushra El Turk
Costume Consultant | Rajha Shakiry

Producer | Vicky Graham
Production Manager | Ben Crawford
Stage Manager | Elise Stewart
Trailer | Liam Welton for Chaotic Creations