Norfolk audiences are taking a trip into exotic and fantastic worlds this winter as the Arabian Nights comes to Norwich.
The Theatre Royal’s youth company will bring the classic fables to life as they make their debut in the new Stage Two building from December 8-10.
The production begins on the wedding night of Queen Shahrazad who is facing the prospect of being put to death in hours just like all the other brides before her.
Just one thing stands between her and death, and that is the power of storytelling. The new member of the Royal Family therefore conjures up a host of lavish fables and tales featuring stories of giant beasts, singing trees and crafty thieves.
But can the power of her description and the depth of her imagination save her life?
All will be revealed when the young actors perform in the production, which was adapted for the stage by Dominic Cooke from the original 18 volumes of the Arabian Nights which had been held at the British Library.
First performed at the Young Vic back in 1988, this play was reworked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has also been performed at the likes of the Edinburgh Festival, Dublin and New York.
David Lambert, who is directing the production and is also Director of the Theatre Arts Courses, said: “It’s a magical piece, full of adventure and fantasy, with all sorts of story-telling styles from puppetry to physical theatre. There’s the usual stories – Ali Baba and Sinbad the Sailor – as well as some lesser-known ones too, and it will entertain all the family.”
The Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company is made up of young people drawn from the theatre’s Theatre Arts Courses. Its alumni include film star Sam Claflin, and Sam Clemmett who is currently starring in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in the West End.