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The Arabian Nights - Tricycle Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE ARABIAN Nights, Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of The Book Of The Thousand Nights and One Night, runs at the Tricycle Theatre over the festive season – from December 6, 2012 (previews from November 30) to January 12, 2013.

When young Scheherazade is summoned to marry the King, she must use the power of her captivating story-telling to survive. Night after night, the new Queen weaves tales of seduction and suspense: from a madman on the hunt for Perfect Love, to a tortoise curing a King with soup, a Jester with marriage trouble, and many more.

But how long can Scheherazade’s imagination save her?

The Arabian Nights, The Tricycle’s first family festive show, is described as a global adventure that sweeps through Persia, Arabia, India and Asia – an incredible journey that started over a thousand years ago.

The production is directed by Lu Kemp, Associate Artist with Inspector Sands for whom she directed If That’s All There Is, which won the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award in 2009 and has since toured nationally. She is currently directing Inspector Sand’s next production which opens at the Almeida Summer Festival this year.

Kemp is a director and dramaturg of new writing, physical theatre and dance. Her recent work includes One Thousand Paper Cranes (winner of Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama on the Fringe); Titus, an adaptation of the Flemish play by Jan Sobrie currently on an international tour; and The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo by Carl Grose for the RSC at Latitude.

In 2013, she will be directing a new production for the National Theatre of Scotland, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

Mary Zimmerman is a multiple award-winning writer and director. She has previously adapted and directed The White Snake, Argonautika, Candide, Mirror of the Invisible World, Journey to the West and a new opera with Philip Glass called Galileo Galilei. She also directed Lucia di Lammermoor, Armida and La Sonnambula for the Metropolitan Opera.

The Arabian Nights, the second production in Indhu Rubasingham’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, is designed by Ben Stones, with lighting by Richard Howell, sound by Elena Pena and projection design by Andrzej Goulding.

The Arabian Nights is suitable for ages 10 plus.