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

The Arabian Nights

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

Join us as we share stories of the miraculous and magnificent, featuring the familiar faces of Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Baba, along with mysterious genies, magic carpets, talking birds, and a whole host of heroes and villains, brought to life on our stage this Christmas.

The market square of old Baghdad is a place of wonders. Treasures from all over the world find their way to the ancient city, as do the people. Charming pickpockets and penniless writers, carpet makers, coffee vendors, and fortune tellers all vie for business in this cosmopolitan whirl.

In the middle of it all we find a young girl with a big imagination – a girl called Scheherezade. She spends her days weaving stories from the world and characters around her...much to the annoyance of her father, an antique dealer who wishes his dreamy daughter would help out once in a while!

But when the wicked Sultan announces a terrible plan that threatens the very essence of this wondrous world, it might just be Scheherezade’s imagination that saves the day...if only she can catch the Sultan in her web of stories!

Rich with suspense, enchantment, romance, and hilarity, the ancient tales of The Arabian Nights are irresistible for all ages, and a great opportunity to bring families together, transporting them to the glittering heat of a faraway magical and musical world, this Christmas.

Recommended for ages 5+


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

Dates and Times

25 November 2017 - 6 January 2018

Saturday 25 November 2017, 4pm
Preview tickets on sale Wednesday 1 November

Gold dates

December Sat 9, Sun 10, Fri 15, Sat 16, Sun 17, Tue 19, Wed 20, Thu 21, Fri 22, Sat 23, Sun 24, 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
To be confirmed during the rehearsal process in October 2017


£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 

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Book Accessible performances here