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Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights

22 Sep 2018
  • Approx 2 hrs, including interval
  • £22
A woman in traditional arabic dress is standing poised with flames appearing to come out the tips of her fingers.

Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights

With a breathtaking explosion of dance, fire and illusion, Company of Dreams transports you to the exotic, dangerous and magical world of the Arabian Nights. In this brand new production of one of the greatest stories of the ancient world, Scheherazade and her magical tales of genies, ghouls and faeries, of Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba, are retold in Company of Dreams’ thrilling blend of jazz, belly dance and Latin dance.

“We came to see the performance not knowing what to expect and we were blown away. The dancers, the energy, the journey throughout the performance was intriguing. We didn’t want it to stop. Every single performer was incredible and you had the audience captivated.”

Scheherazade and 1001 Nights is set in ancient Persia, where King Shariyar, driven mad by his wife’s infidelity, vows to marry a new young bride each day and in the morning execute her. The women of the land are saved from their fate by the bravery and resourcefulness of Scheherazade, who captivates the king by telling him a fantastical new story each night. The stories she told, of genies in lamps, of magic carpets, of magicians, sorcerers and famous characters such as Sinbad and Aladdin, have captivated generations of people in every corner of the world for hundreds of years.


Presented by Company of Dreams

Choreographer and producer: Charlotte Desorgher

Director: Sandra Maturana (resident director Matilda, RSC)

Lighting: Rachel Sampley

Photo credit: Paul Houlton

Presented by Company of Dreams

Mercury Main Theatre
  • Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT, Essex UK

Box Office: 01206 573948

The Mercury's main 499-seater auditorium, with parking nearby at St. Mary's multi-storey car park!

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