Following the critically acclaimed Red Velvet, Indhu Rubasingham continues her inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre with a new production of The Arabian Nights. Indhu 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".
The full cast for The Arabian Nights is 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).
The Arabian Nights is written by Mary Zimmerman, adapted from The Book Of The Thousand Nights and One Night and is directed by Lu Kemp. The Arabian Nights runs at the Tricycle Theatre from 30 November until 12 January with press night on 6 December. Design is by Ben Stones, with lighting by Richard Howell, sound by Elena Pena, choreography by Ann Yee and projection design by Andrzej Goulding. Darren Lang is Illusion Consultant for The Arabian Nights and there is original music composed by Iranian band Take It Easy Hospital.
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. How long can her stories save her?
A punky, modern reimagining of ancient tales. Suitable for ages 10 plus.
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. The two starred in 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 at Bristol Old Vic, Decades for Headlong Theatre Company, and The Black Album at The National Theatre.
Denton Chikura's stage credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Globe Theatre, You Can't Take It With You at Manchester Royal Exchange, and Six Seeds at The National Theatre.
Tunji Falana's stage credits include Henry V at Southwark Playhouse, Fixer in the HighTide Festival, Ya Get Me at the Old Vic, and Romeo and Juliet at the Harlow Playhouse.
Sandy Grierson's stage credits include Tonight Sandy Grierson Will Lecture, Box and Dance at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival, A Midsummer Night's Dream for Headlong Theatre Company, The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo at the RSC, Gagarin Way at the Theatre Royal Bath, Home at The National Theatre of Scotland, and The Soul of Chien-Nu Leaves Her Body at the Young Vic.