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One Thousand and One Nights, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
I saw Part 1 of One Thousand and One Nights on Tuesday and Part 2 on Wednesday.



Photo credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14603760

This was a European premiere directed by Tim Supple and adapted by Hanan Al-Shaykh.

Synopsis cut and pasted from the eif website:
Erotic, brutal, witty and poetic, One Thousand and One Nights are the never-ending stories told by the young Shahrazad under sentence of death to King Shahrayar. Maddened by the discovery of his wife's orgies, King Shahrayar believes all women are unfaithful and vows to marry a virgin every night and kill her in the morning. To survive, Shahrazad spins a web of tales night after night, leaving the King in suspense when morning comes, thus prolonging her life for another day.

Written in Arabic from tales gathered in India, Persia and across the great Arab empire, these mesmerizing stories tell of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate.

My take on it:
The play is performed in Arabic, English, and French, with English supertitles. I did not think that it would work. It worked! You tune in in about 5 minutes and it is very easy to read the supertitles and follow the action on stage. It was excellent. The stories were magical and mesmerising, the acting was superb, and I could not take my eyes off the stage, and was totally gripped from start to finish. One moral of the stories was that you should not believe what others tell you - you should always seek the truth out for yourself. This is very true!

Book to see it here:
http://www.eif.co.uk/1001

Here is an excellent review which I thoroughly agree with:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/edinburgh-festival-reviews/8716365/Edinburgh-Festival-2011-One-Thousand-and-One-Nights-Lyceum-Theatre-Edinburgh-review.html

And here is an interview with the Director Tim Supple, talking about the production:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/edinburgh-festival/8677860/Edinburgh-Festival-2011-Tim-Supple-on-One-Thousand-and-One-Nights.html

The playscript is here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Thousand-Nights-Modern-Plays/dp/1408159619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314295617&sr=8-1

And the book is here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Thousand-Nights-Hanan-Al-Shaykh/dp/1408826046/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1314294780&sr=8-3

I think that you can tell that I LOVED this production!
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