Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
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Share in the unifying power of storytelling as ancient tales are reclaimed, rewritten and reimagined for Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights in our candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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

A tyrant revenges his wife’s infidelity by wedding, bedding and beheading a new bride every day. Years later, only five brides-in-waiting remain.

These women are unapologetic, and united in their fight to keep themselves – and the whole of womankind – alive. They’ve got other ideas for their future, and it starts with a story…

This fearless new play, a co-production with Tamasha, is directed by their Artistic Director, Pooja Ghai (Lotus Beauty, Hampstead, Lions and Tigers, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and written by Globe Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (The Fir Tree, Henry VIII, Globe), with contributions from Hanan al-Shaykh, Suhayla El-Bushra and Sara Shaarawi.

‘Look at her – plucked and waxed and creamed and painted. Ready for battle. For the inevitable.’

A co-production with

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Galleries (Seating) £62 – £25
Standing £5

This event is on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Running time TBC

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Part of Winter 2022/23

Photography: Johan Persson
Art Direction: Irene Omodeo Zorini
Typeface: Typeland

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CAST & CREATIVES

Director
Pooja Ghai

Writer
Hannah Khalil

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Audio Described Performances

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Saturday 17th December

2:00 PM

Friday 13th January

7:30 PM
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Relaxed Performances

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Wednesday 21st December

7:30 PM

Saturday 7th January

2:00 PM
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Captioned Performances

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Saturday 7th January

2:00 PM

Monday 9th January

7:30 PM

Wednesday 11th January

7:30 PM

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Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
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