Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke

The Library Theatre Company present
30 November 2012 - 12 January 2013, The Lowry, Quays Theatre

Long, long ago in a faraway land there lived a clever young girl called Shahrazad. And there was nothing she liked better than to read stories…

Longing to free her town and its vengeful king from the dark demons that haunt them, Shahrazad brings to life the magical stories of One Thousand and One Nights. Her strange and wonderful tales take us to enchanted caves, to meet secret sorceresses, singing trees, flying men and wise talking birds. But can the power of the stories break the terrible curse?

Adapted from the world famous folk tales this production of Arabian Nights is a visually stunning production presented “in the round” with fabulous costumes and set pieces – an imaginative delight for Christmas that will keep both children and adults spellbound.

As featured in The Times Top 50 Shows to see this Christmas

Listen to what some of you thought of the show…

And here we look back at our journey and all the lovely things you said about the production…

Ticket Details


Off Peak – £18 & £16 (£17 & £15)

Peak – £20 & £18 (£18 & £16)

Children only £10 at all performances

Family Tickets available at all performances – Peak £54 & £50/ Off peak – £53 & £49

Concessions and group deals available at all performances.


Schools tickets only £9 per child plus one free for every 10 tickets booked. Tickets are available to the public at off peak prices.

Box Office: 0843 208 6010

Group Bookings: 0843 208 6003


Sat 12 January 1.30pm

With Amy Leach (Free to ticket holders but must be booked in advance).


Wed 12 Dec and Tue 8 Jan – £16 inc matinee ticket

A fantastic hands-on opportunity for children to get a close up experience of Arabian Nights . A chance to explore the set, touch costumes, look at makeup and hear the musical elements that bring together the production. Ticket price includes workshop in the morning and matinee ticket. Ideal for children of all ages (from 6+) and disabilities.

Booking is essential via The Lowry Group Bookings line on 0843 208 6003.


The Lowry, Quays Theatre

Pier 8
Salford Quays

Greater Manchester
M50 3AZ

The Lowry is our chosen venue for our main season plays whilst we are on the move. We are performing in the intimate setting of the Quays Theatre.
The Lowry is 10 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre, 20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport, and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network, giving access from all over the North West and beyond. It also has excellent public transport links and is situated in the centre of a vibrant shopping, eating and leisure destination.

Find out more about the getting to The Lowry here


  • Mrs Baba: Claire Storey
  • Ali Baba: Mitesh Soni
  • Marjanah: Jo Mousley
  • Abu Hassan: Mark Carlisle
  • Shahrazad: Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi
  • Dinarzad: Kezrena James
  • Kasim: Tachia Newall
  • Es-Sindibad: Paul Barnhill
  • Shahrayar: Emilio Doorgasingh

Creative Team

  • Choreographer: Amir Giles
  • Musical Director: Arun Ghosh
  • Assistant Lighting Designer: Tom Dexter Scott
  • Director: Amy Leach
  • Designer: Hayley Grindle
  • Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall
  • Sound Designer: Paul Gregory

Imaginative… The action is an exemplar of visual storytelling in which no magical location is beyond the bounds of ingenuity.

The Guardian

A perfect family show… The tales simply shine with all the freshness of almond blossom in a Persian garden.

The Times

Tremendous… Full of darkness and light, these tales thrillingly explore the mysteries of the human heart.

The Observer

The Library Theatre has again proved how providing a very immediate, very direct, very clever show can reach right to the heart of the theatrical experience. It’s electrifying stuff.

Manchester Confidential

There is a great deal of fun to be had from this show with some real belly-laughs, some touching moments and a few lessons to be learned, all put across by a great ensemble.

British Theatre Guide

A lovely, lively, warm-weather alternative to the stock fare of pantomime and snowy tales which you usually get at this time of year… A cast whose energy and zest is infectious.

Manchester Evening News

An outstanding production with a fantastic cast… Arabian Nights offers panto-bored youngsters and seasonally stressed-out adults some top quality eye-catching and rib-tickling escapism.

Bolton News

Few shows around this Christmas will fire up childhood imagination quite like this jewel-encrusted telling of the Arabian Nights legends… An intoxicating and enchanting production.

Lancaster Guardian

If you don't fancy pantomime but you want a great show to take the whole family to this festive season, then Arabian Nights should be high on your list.

The Public Reviews

Directed with imagination by Amy Leach… Where other festive shows tend to lean towards excess, Arabian Nights lets the words and company stand front and centre, and it’s a real breath of fresh air.

What’s On Stage

A sumptuous and sensory feast… Arabian Nights will enthrall and entertain over the two-and-a-half hour ride.

GQ Central

The Library Company comes out all-tales blazing this year with a play that isn't exactly seasonal, but has strong entertainment value… Overall the effect is charming.

Oldham Chronicle

Lovely… Forget the pantomime – this is the family show to see in Manchester this Christmas.

The Stage

Absolutely terrific… Thrilling, often very funny, thoroughly magical. A dazzling show, full of wonder and magic.

Creative Tourist

A magical experience that audiences young and old will never forget… A great production.

The Morning Star

Excitingly staged… This script has had many productions; this, thanks to its director, designer and strong-willed yet composed Shaharazad, must be among the very best.


Top quality entertainment, a wonderful family show… Heaps of praise should go to director Amy Leach who works wonders creating such a vibrant piece of theatre.

Cultural Shenanigans

Enchanting, magical, and mesmerising.

What’s Good To Do

The Library Theatre Company have excelled themselves… The audience, young and old, loved it. Be charmed, enchanted, and uterly bewitched.

Disability Arts Online

There is plenty on which the eyes and ears can feast… Rather clever, captivating.

Manchester Salon

Imaginative, innovative, impressive… A really surprising, super, spectacular, must-see production.

Clitheroe Advertiser

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