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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

A group of women gather to share and reclaim ancient tales under candlelight in this new play from Globe Resident Writer Hannah Khalil.

Women reclaim the Arabian Nights

Witness stories retold and reclaimed by candlelight at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, in Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights. This new play by Globe Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (The Fir Tree) draws on the Tales of the Arabian Nights in a celebration of storytelling’s unifying powers.

A tyrannical man takes revenge on his unfaithful wife by marrying, sleeping with and killing a new woman every day. Now only five brides-to-be are left, and they have a story to tell. Determined to keep themselves and womankind alive, this bold and unapologetic group invites you to hear their vision of the future.

This powerful and intimate production is created in collaboration with Tamasha Theatre Company and directed by their Artistic Director Pooja Ghai (Lions and Tigers). Hannah Khalil’s Hakawatis play also features contributions from Hanan al-Shaykh, Suhayla El-Bushra and Sara Shaarawi.

Book Hakawatis tickets and enter the world of the Arabian Nights as you haven't’ seen it before in this fearless piece of new writing.

Sorry this show closed 14 January 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
01 Dec 2022 - 14 Jan 2023
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:

Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights Reviews

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User Reviews

Really fun show, extremely entertaining and funny and also very thought-provoking about the nature and power of storytelling.

Performance date: 07 January 2023

While Sheherezade is telling her stories off stage to the sultan, the audience watches as the women waiting behind in the harem tell each other stories, fables and morality tales. The stage was beautiful and atmospheric, and there’s a talented cast Read more

Performance date: 14 January 2023
Performance date: 07 January 2023
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