This Christmas The Lyceum presents The Arabian Nights, the artwork pictures sand mounds and a starry night's sky with a crescent moon

The Arabian Nights

World Premiere
The Arabian Nights
by Suhayla El-Bushra
directed by Joe Douglas

This Christmas, adventure awaits with three wishes, seven seas and forty thieves.

Join us in the bustling bazaar of Baghdad for this sparkling adventure featuring tales of Sinbad, Ali Baba and mysterious genies, not to mention hidden treasure, a chess-playing monkey, a flying horse and a whole host of heroes and villains.

Rich with suspense, enchantment, and fun, the ancient tales of The Arabian Nights are irresistible for all ages. Book your seats for a magic carpet ride that will transport your family to the glittering heat of a marvellous faraway land.


Recommended for ages 5+

Cast and Credits


Natalie Arle Toyne Stall Holder/Old Woman/Houda/Rapali’s Mum/Caliph
Nebli Basani Ibrahim/Market Person/Abdul/Queen
Taryam Boyd Sonny Jamal (dog)/Sinbad/Haroon/Zeinab
Neshla Caplan Storyteller/Sharonda/Boo Boo/Mustafa/Fisherman
Nicholas Karimi Sultan
Tim Licata Abu Hassan (dog)/Ali Baba/Doctor
Rehanna MacDonald Scheherazade
Brian James O’Sullivan Stall Holder/Shireen/Chef/Sorceror/Music Captain
Patricia Panther Selina/Khadija/Falcon
Humera Syed Stall Holder/Rapali/Amira/Vizier


Writer Suhayla El-Bushra
Director Joe Douglas 
Designer Francis O'Connor 
LX Designer Mark Doubleday
Composer Tarek Merchant 
Choreographer Emma Jayne Park
Video Jamie Macdonald 
Casting Director Laura Donnelly 
Puppet Director and Magic consultant   Ross MacKay
Puppet Maker Simon Auton


What audiences and critics thought of The Arabian Nights

Joe Douglas talks about what to expect from The Arabian Nights. 

Dates, Times & Prices

25 November 2017 - 6 January 2018

Gold dates

December Sat 9, Sun 10, Fri 15, Sat 16, Sun 17, Tue 19, Wed 20, Thu 21, Fri 22, Sat 23, Tue 26, Wed 27, Thu 28, Fri 29, Sat 30
January Tue 2, Sat 6
Silver dates
November Thu 30
December Fri 1, Sat 2, Sun 3, Wed 6, Thu 7, Fri 8, Wed 13, Thu 14
January Wed 3, Thu 4, Fri 5

Gold dates

December Sat 9, Sun 10, Sat 16, Sun 17, Fri 22, Sat 23, Sun 24, Tue 26, Sat 30
January Tue 2, Sat 6
Silver dates
December Sat 2, Sun 3, Wed 27, Thu 28, Fri 29
January Wed 3, Fri 5

Running time
Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, this includes one 20 minute interval


£10 Preview tickets on sale Wednesday 1 November 2017

Grand Circle & Stalls
Gold dates £30, Silver dates £27
Gold dates £20, Silver dates £18

Upper Circle / Side View Stalls & Grand Circle
Gold dates £22, Silver dates £20
Gold dates £12, Silver dates £10

Grand Circle Boxes
All Grand Circle boxes contain 4 seats
Gold dates £95
Silver dates £85

Festive Four Tickets
Buy four tickets which must include at least one guest under 18 and save!
Gold dates £85
Silver dates £75

All prices guaranteed until 3 September 2017



  • Thursday 14 December - 7pm
    Touch Tour - 5.45pm
  • Saturday 16 December - 2pm
    Touch Tour 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 13 December - 7pm


  • Saturday 9 December - 2pm


  • Thursday 4 January - 7pm

What is a Relaxed performance?

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

How is the show adapted?

There is a relaxed attitude to noise from the audience, the lights in the auditorium remain on low throughout the show, sudden loud noises and effects in the production are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point.  We also have additional staff on hand to assist with seating and access around the Theatre, wheelchair capacity is increased  and there will be a Chill Out Room, where a space is made available for audience members who need a bit of quiet time before and during the performance.

The relaxed performance is open to everyone but patrons with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome 

Download our Visual Story Pack to introduce you to the performance before you come to the show. 

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Book Accessible performances here

Press Coverage

★★★★★ ‘an exhilarating magic carpet ride’ The Times

★★★★★ 'a spectacular, joyous and gorgeously crafted show' Edinburgh Festival

★★★★★ 'gloriously entertaining' Edinburgh Guide

★★★★ 'humorous and sensitive' The Telegraph

★★★★ 'a magical adventure' The Skinny

★★★★ 'it reveals the power of stories - everybody's stories - to change the world' The Herald

★★★★ ‘classic stories given a fresh, contemporary feel’ The Stage

★★★★ 'a thing of wonder' The Observer

★★★★ 'Ravishing' All Edinburgh Theatre


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