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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Content guidance: This production contains strong and sexual language, and themes of oppression and slavery. Please contact the ticketing team on 020 7401 9919 or [email protected] if you would like further details on the play’s content.

DETAILS

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

This event is on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Running time approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including a 20 minute interval

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Part of Winter 2022/23

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

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Rehearsal trailer (2022)

Meet the Women of the Arabian Nights

Concept trailer (2022)

CAST & CREATIVES

Introducing the Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights cast & creatives

Composer, Musical Director and Oud

Kareem Samara

Percussion

Walid Zaido

Assistant Designer

Maariyah Sharjil

Assistant Director

Layla Madanat

Candle Consultant

Matt Haskins

Casting Director

Becky Paris

Costume Supervisor

Sabia Smith

Director and Movement Director (Production)

Pooja Ghai

Fight Directors

RC Annie Ltd.

Globe Associate, Movement (Movement Director, Production)

Glynn MacDonald

Head of Voice

Tess Dignan

Movement Director (workshop, R&D, rehearsals) & Intimacy Director

Jess Tucker Boyd

Seasonal Voice Coach

Katherine Heath

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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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