The Library Theatre Company present

Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke

30 November 2012 - 12 January 2013

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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…

Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke Performances

Fri 30 Nov 7:00pm Preview Preview
Sat 1 Dec 7:00pm Preview Preview
Mon 3 Dec 7:00pm Press Night Off Peak
Tue 4 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Wed 5 Dec 10:15am Schools
Wed 5 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Thu 6 Dec 10:15am Schools
Thu 6 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Fri 7 Dec 10:15am Schools
Fri 7 Dec 7:00pm Captioned Performance Off Peak
Sat 8 Dec 2:30pm Off Peak
Sat 8 Dec 7:00pm Off Peak
Mon 10 Dec 10:15am Schools
Mon 10 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Tue 11 Dec 10:15am Schools
Tue 11 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Wed 12 Dec 2:15pm Audio Described, Signed Performance Schools
Thu 13 Dec 10:15am Schools
Thu 13 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Fri 14 Dec 10:15am Schools
Fri 14 Dec 7:00pm Audio Described Off Peak
Sat 15 Dec 2:30pm Signed Performance Off Peak
Sat 15 Dec 7:00pm Off Peak
Mon 17 Dec 10:15am Schools
Tue 18 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Wed 19 Dec 10:15am Schools
Thu 20 Dec 2:15pm Schools
Fri 21 Dec 7:00pm Peak
Sat 22 Dec 2:30pm Captioned Performance Peak
Sat 22 Dec 7:00pm Peak
Wed 26 Dec 2:30pm Peak
Wed 26 Dec 7:00pm Peak
Thu 27 Dec 2:30pm Peak
Thu 27 Dec 7:00pm Peak
Fri 28 Dec 2:30pm Audio Described Peak
Sat 29 Dec 2:30pm Peak
Sat 29 Dec 7:00pm Peak
Mon 31 Dec 2:30pm Peak
Tue 1 Jan 2:30pm Peak
Tue 1 Jan 7:00pm This performance has been cancelled
Wed 2 Jan 2:30pm Peak
Wed 2 Jan 7:00pm Signed Performance Peak
Thu 3 Jan 2:30pm Peak
Fri 4 Jan 2:30pm Peak
Fri 4 Jan 7:00pm Peak
Sat 5 Jan 2:30pm Peak
Sat 5 Jan 7:00pm Peak
Mon 7 Jan 2:15pm Schools
Tue 8 Jan 2:15pm Audio Described, Signed Performance Schools
Wed 9 Jan 10:15am Schools
Thu 10 Jan 10:15am Schools
Fri 11 Jan 7:00pm Off Peak
Sat 12 Jan 2:30pm Off Peak
Sat 12 Jan 7:00pm Off Peak

The Lowry, Quays Theatre

  • Pier 8, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, M50 3AZ
  • Box Office: 0843 208 6010

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

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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

Library Theatre Company

The Cast

Paul Barnhill
Claire Storey
Mrs Baba
Mitesh Soni
Ali Baba
Tachia Newall
Jo Mousley
Mark Carlisle
Abu Hassan
Emilio Doorgasingh
Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi
Kezrena James

Production Crew

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

Related News & Blog Posts

Blog: Five reasons to see Arabian Nights

Posted on 3rd January 2013

We know that Arabian Nights is one of the top shows to see in the region at the moment, and here’s five reasons why.… Read more

Blog: Audiences praise Arabian Nights

Posted on 27th December 2012

We've had some lovely comments about Arabian Nights. Here's what some of you have thought of the show.… Read more

Blog: Capturing the essence and atmosphere of Arabian Nights

Posted on 20th December 2012

Our designer Hayley Grindle explains how the striking set and costumes came together for our current show.… Read more

Blog: Storytelling at its best

Posted on 18th December 2012

Digital Reporter Kristy Stott reviews our production of Arabian Nights.… Read more

News: Arabian Nights opens to marvellous reviews

Posted on 10th December 2012

Find out what the critics are saying about our current Christmas production.… Read more

Blog: Technical trepidation and ‘beginners to the stage’

Posted on 7th December 2012

Actress Jo Mousley takes us behind the scenes of Arabian Nights.… Read more

Blog: A magical experience for all the family

Posted on 6th December 2012

Digital Reporter Matt Charlton reviews our Christmas production of Arabian Nights.… Read more

News: Ella takes us on her flying carpet ride

Posted on 30th November 2012

We've picked a winner for our Arabian Nights storytelling competition.… Read more

Blog: Rehearsal rollercoaster

Posted on 28th November 2012

Powered by laughter, coffee and sweets, Mitesh Soni talks us through his Arabian Nights rehearsal journey.… Read more

Blog: It's been a busy old week

Posted on 16th November 2012

Arabian Nights Director Amy Leach updates us on how our Christmas production is coming along.… Read more

Blog: We help switch on the Christmas Lights

Posted on 12th November 2012

Over 20,000 people braved the rain on Friday to watch Manchester’s famous Christmas lights being turned on in Albert Square. And we were part of it!… Read more

Blog: A big muddy patch

Posted on 9th November 2012

Director Amy Leach shares the challenges faced and conquered during the second week of Arabian Nights rehearsals.… Read more

Blog: The Tale of Mrs Baba and the Forty Costume Changes

Posted on 5th November 2012

Actress Claire Storey lets us in on life in the Arabian Nights rehearsal room.… Read more

Blog: The story so far...

Posted on 2nd November 2012

With preparations for Arabian Nights now in full swing, director Amy Leach rounds up the first week of rehearsals.… Read more

Blog: Director Amy Leach talks about Arabian Nights

Posted on 22nd October 2012

Our Media and Communications Manager Mike Barnett speaks to Amy Leach about directing Arabian Nights.… Read more

Blog: The magic of Arabian Nights

Posted on 22nd October 2012

We stir up the sparkle making our promotional artwork for Arabian Nights. … Read more

News: Christmas Storytelling Competition

Posted on 16th October 2012

If you had a flying carpet where would you go? We launch our children's storytelling competition for your chance to win a family ticket for Arabian Nights. … Read more

News: Cast announced for Arabian Nights

Posted on 25th September 2012

We are delighted to announce the cast for our Christmas production of Arabian Nights.… Read more

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