Arabian Nights from Iris Theatre

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Off-West End - Shows

This autumn, Iris Theatre will be transforming Hoxton Hall into a magical world for their new adaptation of Arabian Nights written by Nessah Muthy.
Arabian Nights at Hoxton Hall from Iris Theatre

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Hoxton Hall is set to be transformed this Autumn into a magical world where stories of Ali Baba, Ala'ad-Din and Sinbad the Sailor unfold in their new adaptation of Arabian Nights.

Adapted by Nessah Muthy and directed by Daniel Winder from Iris Theatre, this celebration of the cultural history of Islam and the wider ancient world promises to be a spectacular evening of storytelling.

The show will run at Hoxton Hall from 12 September to 13 October 2018.

The story focuses on tyrant King Shahryar who marries a new girl every day and then has her killed the very next morning.

But Sharazad has a cunning plan to avoid the fate of her predecessors ... she starts telling the king stories and, with every tale she tells, stretches out her life a little longer.

In this production, Iris Theatre will take the audience on a journey through the ancient world of the Middle East and into Sharazad's life.

With music inspired by Arabic history, and a set design utilising the aesthetic of souks from the time by Amber Scarlett, a cast of seven actors and a multitude of fantastic puppets created by Jonny Dixon will bring Sharazad's comic, tragic and earthy stories to life.

Director Daniel Winder says ...

"It's so exciting to be bringing a show as big as our annual summer productions over to Hoxton Hall in our first major departure from St Paul's in nearly five years.

Arabian Nights is adapted by the incredible Nessah Muthy in a brand new script we've commissioned, and we're so excited to have her on board.

We can't wait to head to Hoxton with the team that has helped make productions like Hansel & Gretel and Macbeth, and to transform the Hall into Shahryar's palace, welcoming audiences to a bloody wedding feast."

Running alongside the show will be an engagement project - Encountering 1001 Nights - which aims to engage with the local communities in Hoxton.

About the company

Iris Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based at the Actors' Church (St Paul's) in Covent Garden, now in its 11th year.

For the past 8 years, Iris' main output has been a summer season featuring a Shakespeare and a family show in outdoor promenade at St Paul's, including the Offie award-winning Treasure Island and last year's hits Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel.

Growing year on year, Iris gained full charity status in October 2009, with a mission to support the development of the next generation of professional theatre practitioners and to produce a fresh and vibrant repertoire of varied work resulting in affordable and accessible theatre.

About the playwright

Nessah Muthy is a writer for TV and theatre.

She has worked with a number of theatres and companies including: Royal Court Theatre, HighTide, the National Youth Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Kali Theatre and Theatre Centre.

Nessah is currently under commission to Punchdrunk and Kali Theatre.

For screen, Nessah has written for Holby City, following successful completion of the show's shadow scheme and has previously written for EastEnders: E20.

She is the inaugural recipient of the Character 7 Award and is currently developing a number of new ideas for screen.


The Arabian Nights is a timeless library of fantastical stories, woven into a rich, open tapestry.

It is a celebration of the artistic and cultural history of both Islam and the wider ancient world, full of timeless heroes and villains.

Ali Baba, Ala'ad-Din and Sinbad the Sailor swarm from its pages, among thousands of other legends.

Join Iris Theatre at the grandest wedding of the year.

Opulent and colourful and filled to the brim with music, magic and dance.

The smell of firecrackers fills the air, but underneath the festivities lies the strong scent of decay.

The groom, King Shahryar is a tyrant and every single night he marries a new girl and every single morning he has her killed.

The cycle of violence has continued for years, but is to be brought to an end in the unlikeliest of ways and by the bravest of women.

For with the executioner's sword hanging over her neck, Sharazad starts to tell stories and with every fabulous tale she stretches out the thread of her life a little further, into an unknowable tapestry of the future.


King Shahryar - Pravesssh Rana

Vizier Khalid - Hemi Yeroham

Wife, Musician - Maya Britto

Sharazad - Sharon Singh

Dunzayad - Izzy Jones

A Kalandar, Executioner - Ikky Elyas


Author: Nessah Muthy
Composer: Sonum Batra
Director: Daniel Winder
Set designer: Amber Scarlett
Costume designer: Maddy Ross-Mason
Choreography: Nour Alkawaja
Lighting: Benjamin Polya
Sound: Filipe Gomes
Fight director: Roger Bartlett
Puppetry: Jonny Dixon
Production: Ellie Claughton for Iris Theatre, Malakai Sargeant (engagement producer)


Hoxton Hall
130 Hoxton Street
N1 6SH


From: Wednesday 12 September 2018

Closed: Saturday 13 October 2018


Standard: £13 - £30


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