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1001 Nights - Unicorn Theatre

1001 Nights

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DIRECTED and adapted by Douglas Rintoul, 1001 Nights runs at the Unicorn Theatre from February 7 (previews from February 5) to March 17, 2013.

Forced to leave her home in the Middle East, young Shahrazad lives with her father in London, far away from the home she once knew.

Using everyday objects, the bookish Shahrazad transports her friend and father night after night to an imagined world of kings, viziers, and jinns. These fantastical flights of fantasy help them make sense of the world in which they live and what home really means.

In this devised piece for ages 6 years and up, Douglas Rintoul creates a richly theatrical world drawn from the inspirational stories of the Arabian Nights.

Damascus, Baghdad Mosul and Aleppo all have new associations for an audience today and the ongoing events in the Middle East have helped to shape this adaptation. Shahrazad’s stories takes them outside their present existence and by the simple act of storytelling, acknowledges their common humanity.

Currently Artistic Director of Transport and Artist in Residence with Ice & Fire, Douglas Rintoul’s theatre credits include As You Like It (UK and European tour), Elegy (Theatre503), Invisible (UK and European Tour), Of Mice and Men (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), The Edge (Transport/Ranan), Closer (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg) and A Disappearing Number (Complicite/Lincoln Center N.Y.C. and World Tour – Associate Director).

The cast of 1001 Nights comprises Ritu Arya, Danusia Samal, Carl Patrick and Thomas Padden.

Tickets: Adults £16, Concessions £13, Under 21s £10, Previews: all tickets £10, Relaxed performances: all tickets £8, Groups of 10+: every eleventh ticket free. Disabled customers may bring 1 free carer. All are available from the box office on 020 7645 0560 or online at

Times: Vary (see website).

Running Time: 70 minutes.

1001 Nights runs in rep with EV Crowe’s Liar Liar.