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The Arabian Nights - casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for The Arabian Nights, Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of The Book Of The Thousand Nights and One Night, which runs at the Tricycle Theatre from November 30, 2012 to January 12, 2013.

The line up comprises Jonathan Bonnici (Madman/Ensemble), Denton Chikura (Harun Al Rashid/Ensemble), Tunji Falana (Prince of Fools/Ensemble), Sandy Grierson (Sharyar/Aziz), Éva Magyar (Azizah/ Ensemble)…

…Itxaso Moreno (Jester’s Wife/Ensemble), Adura Onashile (Perfect Love/Ensemble), Tahirah Sharif (Dunyazade/Ensemble), Harmage Singh Kalirai (The Wazir), Ony Uhiara (Scheherezade/Sympathy) and Hemi Yeroham (Jester/Ensemble).

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.

Scheherazade 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. But for how long can her stories save her?

Speaking about the production, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham said:

“Our new production of The Arabian Nights will be the first festive show at the Tricycle. It is the second production in my first season, and I am so excited that it’s directed by Lu Kemp who has brought together a wonderful ensemble cast.

“This version promises to offer something different for young people as well as adults. It will be very cool with magical moments and superb story telling which will be humorous, dark and engaging. New music composed by the fantastic indie band Take It Easy Hospital will also add an extra edge and bring originality to this modern interpretation”.

Take it Easy Hospital is an Iranian indie pop band formed in the undergrounds of Theran in 2008 by Ash Koosha (singer/producer) and Negar Shaghaghi (singer/songwriter). Their first released EP was titled Human Jungle. Both Koosha and Shaghaghi starred in the documentary film No One Knows About Persian Cats, which followed the real story of the band trying to find artists in Iran to play in UK music festivals. The film won the Special Jury Prize Ex-Aequo in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Jonathan Bonnici’s stage credits include Beyond (Bristol Old Vic), Decades (Headlong Theatre Company) and The Black Album (National Theatre).

Denton Chikura’s theatre work includes Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe Theatre), You Can’t Take It With You (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Six Seeds (National Theatre).

Tunji Falana has previously appeared on stage in Henry V (Southwark Playhouse), Fixer (HighTide Festival), Ya Get Me (Old Vic) and Romeo and Juliet (Harlow Playhouse).

Sandy Grierson’s theatre credits include Tonight Sandy Grierson Will Lecture, Box and Dance (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong Theatre Company), The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC), Gagarin Way (Theatre Royal Bath), Home (National Theatre of Scotland) and The Soul of Chien-Nu Leaves Her Body (Young Vic).

Éva Magyar’s stage credits include The Wild Bride, The Bacchae and Midnight’s Pumpkin (Kneehigh Theatre Company), Tristan And Yseult (Kneehigh and National Theatre), The Party (Battersea Arts Centre), Ramayana (Lyric Hammersmith) and Romeo and Juliet (RSC). She has also appeared on screen in X-Men: First Class.

Itxaso Moreno’s theatre credits include The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth (Unicorn Theatre), The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Nation (National Theatre).

Adura Onashile’s theatre work includes Skewered Snails (Purcell Rooms, Southbank/UK Tour), Roadkill (Traverse, Barbican and Theatre Royal Stratford East), Arabian Nights (RSC), The Rover (Southwark Playhouse), The Icarus Girl (Arcola Theatre), Ma Vie En Rose (Young Vic), Medea (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Macbeth (Out Of Joint) and The Overwhelming (National Theatre).

Tahirah Sharif’s stage credits include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre), Crawling in the Dark (Almeida Theatre) and In His Light (Hampstead Theatre). Sharif has also appeared on screen in The Invisible Woman, directed by Ralph Fiennes, One Night, Casualty, Whitechapel and See Me.

Previously at the Tricycle Theatre in Dragon, Harmage Singh Kalirai’s other stage credits include Behsharam (Soho Theatre/Birmingham Rep), Arabian Nights (Young Vic/UK Tour), The Moonstone (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Illusion (Old Vic) and Doolaly Days (Haymarket Leicester).

Ony Uhiara was previously at the Tricycle Theatre in Walk Hard, Talk Loud. Uhiara’s other stage credits include Sixty Six Books (Bush Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (The Globe), Eurydice (Young Vic/UK Tour), In the Red and Brown Water (Young Vic), Noughts and Crosses (RSC) and Motor Town and Fallout (Royal Court).

Hemi Yeroham’s stage work includes The Cradle Will Rock (Arcola Theatre) and Failed States (Pleasance Theatre, London). Yeroham’s screen credits include Sunshine, Bad Grandad, EastEnders, Closer and Mamma Mia!

Described as a punky, modern reimagining of ancient tales, The Arabian Nights is suitable for ages 10 plus.

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