Grade II-listed Victorian London landmark Hoxton Hall is this week transformed into the ancient world of the Middle East as Iris Theatre moves in to premiere its brand-new adaptation of Arabian Nights. Full casting is now announced. Time to get booking!
Arabian Nights, in an enchanting new version written by Nessah Muthy, premieres at London’s Hoxton Hall in a strictly limited season from 12 September to 13 October 2018, with a press night on 19 September. Iris Theatre artistic director Daniel Winder directs.
Filled to the brim with music, puppetry and dance, the captivating stories of Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves come to life against a stunning set utilising the aesthetic of souks from the time. The evening of storytelling blends together tales from ancient Arabic, Jewish, Greek, Indian, Persian and Turkish cultures in a celebration of the artistic and cultural history of the ancient Middle Eastern world.
At the grandest wedding of the year, amongst the music, magic and dance, King Shahryar’s tyranny looms. Every single night, he marries a new girl and every single morning he has her killed. This cycle of violence has continued for years, but with the executioner’s sword hanging over her neck, Sharazad starts to tell King Shahryar stories. With every beautiful tale she tells, she stretches out the thread of her life a little further.
The Arabian Nights cast are: Izzy Jones (If Room Enough and The Duck Pond, with Wings Theatre Company; Le Bossu, Wilton’s Music Hall) as Dunzayad; Maya Britto (This Is The Hour, Royal Academy of Music; Is There Life After High School?, Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company, A West End Christmas, Make A Difference Trust Concert – all whilst training)as Wife/musician; Ikky Elyas (Stay Happy Keep Smiling, Paines Plough; Red Pitch, Lyric Hammersmith; Our Big Love Story, Rose Theatre) as A Kalander/Executioner; Sharon Singh (The Game of Love and Chai, Tara Arts; Death of Kings and The Misanthrope, Conservatoire National Supérieur D’art Dramatique; Cyrano, Northern Broadsides) as Sharazad; Hemi Yeroham (Alice’s Adventures Underground, Waterloo Vaults; Romeo and Juliet, US Tour and Off Broadway; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, US Tour and Off Broadway) as Vizier Khalid; and Pravessh Rana (Sann Pachattar, AAP Motion Pictures; Twelfth Night and The White Guard – whilst training) as King Shahryar.
Director Daniel Winder commented:
“This fabulous cast of six has a wonderful diversity of talent, background and perspective. It has both young new graduates, and experienced stage performers, as well as more than a touch of beauty and glamour. This cast have become an exciting ensemble ideally suited to telling the complex and mysterious stories of the Arabian Nights.”
Arabian Nights has set design by Amber Scarlett, puppet design by Jonny Dixon, lighting design by Ben Polya and sound design by Filip Gomes. It’s produced by Ellie Claughton for Iris Theatre, with Malakai Sargeant as engagement producer. ‘Encountering 1001 Nights’ will run alongside the production at Hoxton Hall, focussing on engaging with the local communities in Hoxton.
Writer Nessah Muthy 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. She 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.
About Iris Theatre
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 eight 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.
Arabian Nights runs from 12 September to 13 October 2018 at Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton St, London N1 6SH. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £13-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!