Announcing: Arabian Nights!

Another show announcement?! Another show announcement!

Yep, that’s right, we’ve got a FOURTH show for you this year, completing the main part of Iris’ 2018 season of productions. Joining H.R.Haitch, The Tempest and The Three Musketeers is a new adaptation of Arabian Nights by Nessah Muthy, directed by our Daniel Winder and heading to Hoxton Hall from 12th September!

Arabian Nights presents the second major production we’re doing this year outside of the walls of the Actors’ Church and we’re so excited to be hopping down to Hoxton to present this brand new play that’s as old as time. We’re not just putting on the show though – we’re also going to have an extensive engagement project with the local community called Encountering 1001 Nights, which we’ll have more news on in the months to come…

So hotfoot it over to Hoxton Hall’s website where you can find out loads more details and book your tickets – or hang around here to find out even more!

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 us at the grandest wedding of the year. Opulent and colourful, and filled to the brim with music, magic and dance, the sulphurous smell of firecrackers fills the air. But underneath the festivities is a strong scent of decay, for 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; with every fabulous tale she stretches out the thread of her life a little further, into an unknowable tapestry of the future.

Arabian Nights also reunites design duo Amber Scarlett and Jonny Dixon (on set and puppets, respectively) – the team who were behind the amazing designs of Hansel & Gretel last year. Sharazad’s comic, tragic and earthy stories are brought to life this autumn at an evening of storytelling to melt the hardest of tyrant’s hearts.


Arabian Nights runs from 12th September – 13th October at Hoxton Hall in… Hoxton. You can grab your tickets, starting at £13, right here.

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