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 Theatre Company, 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.
Access Performances: Relaxed Performances: Wednesday 21 December 2022 7.30pm, Saturday 7 January 2023 2.00pm. Captioned Performances: Saturday 7 January 2023 2.00pm, Monday 9 January 2023 7.30pm, Wednesday 11 January 2023 7.30pm. Audio-described: Saturday 17 December 2022 2.00pm, Friday 13 January 2023 7.30pm.
December 1st, 2022
January 14th, 2023
Contain adult themes that some children may find upsetting
By: Hannah Khalil
Director: Pooja Ghai
Cast list: Houda Echouafni, Alaa Habib, Laura Hanna, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi, Roann Hassani McCloskey
Design: Rosa Maggiora
Costume: Sabia Smith
Composer: Kareem Samara
Candle Consultant: Matt Haskins
Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Blackfriars
Bus numbers: Lavington Street (Stop SW) 381
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