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Meet the Women of the Arabian Nights

  A Dancer, a Warrior, a Writer, the Young, and the Wise… Introducing the five women reclaiming their story in Hakawatis, a bold and passionate new play of hope, vulnerability, strength and love

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Five women – Fatah the Young, Akila the Writer, Zuya the Warrior, Wadiha the Dancer, and Naha the Wise – await their marriage to a tyrant King.

Since his first wife was unfaithful to him, the King weds, beds, and beheads a new wife every day. His current wife, Scheherazade, hopes to prolong her life by telling him stories, but she will need help from the five brides-to-be. Locked in the palatial dungeon, these fearless women come together with storytelling as their powerful tool for vengeance – but will it be enough to save them?

Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights follows the five storytellers as they become Hakawati – not just for the king, but for each other. 

Meet the Women of the Arabian Nights

Hakawati /hakəˈwɑːti/. [Noun]: Storyteller. From the Arabic terms ‘hekaye’ meaning story and ‘haki’ meaning to talk.

A Dancer, a Warrior, a Writer, the Young, and the Wise...


Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights is a co-production with Tamasha and plays in our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 1 December 2022 – 14 January 2023 as part of our Winter 2022/23 season.