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The Arabian Nights @ The Tricycle Theatre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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One thousand and one wonderful stories

One Thousand And One Nights is an amazing collection of Asian and African folk stories. They include such classic tales as Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves, and The Voyages of Sinbad The Sailor. All these stories are now well known in Western society today. Most of these stories have been adapted into films, cartoons, and pantomimes, but very few are likely to be familiar with the original versions, or even the many other stories found in One Thousand And One Nights.

I read the complete collection a few years ago, and although the stories themselves are fascinating, I must admit, it is not an easy read. That's why the visual medium is such a great way of telling these stories to the public.

Most adaptations, however, only take one of the stories from the collection, but at the Tricycle Theatre in Brent, they are putting on the whole shebang. Suitable for anyone 10 and over, this contemporary production is a punky re-imagining of these classic tales.

The scene starts in Baghdad, where the king, convinced that all women are unfaithful infidels decides to marry, then kill them one by one. Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter, however, has a cunning plan. On their marriage night, she starts to tell the king a story so exciting, he can't wait to find out what happens - but she won't tell him until the next night. If the king wants to know the ending, he'll have to keep her alive. Each night she starts a new tale, but won't give away the ending. How many stories can she tell to safe her life?

Tickets are 10 for under 16s & students, 15 for adults, or for people who live in Brent, 14. You can also buy premium seats for 20. The products starts on the 30th November, and lasts until the 12th January. It would be a great cultural experience to take the kids to over the Christmas holidays.
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Why? A collection of wonderful cultural stories to see
When: 30th Nov - 12th Jan
Phone: 020 7328 1000
Where: TheTricycle Theatre
Cost: 10-20
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