Bristol Old Vic’s festive blockbuster opens next week

Bristol Old Vic’s festive blockbuster opens next week

Posted on: 17 Nov 2023

Featuring a daring heroine, captivating songs and a timeless tale of wonder and hope, the Bristol Old Vic production of Arabian Nights will put a modern spin on the classic story.


Arabian Nights runs at The Bristol Old Vic from Thursday 23 November 2023 to Saturday 6 January 2024.


From the minds of writer Sonali Bhattacharyya (Chasing Hares at the Young Vic) and director Blanche McIntyre (All’s Well That Ends Well at the RSC) comes a fantastic tale overflowing with colourful characters including a seasoned fisherman, a headstrong florist, a cold-hearted king and many others!


Tickets for the show can be found HERE.



Young Schere has the quickest wits, greatest courage and most marvellous stories in all the Kingdom, now she is planning to liberate each and every young woman from the King’s terrible greed and tyranny, all through the power of storytelling. But can she do this alone? And is her best option of help really her annoying younger sister?


As the sisters’ quest becomes more complicated, the sisters must turn to the people of the Kingdom to join their cause. By working together, the unlikely group overcome old grudges and petty disputes to find their collective voice. Together, they light up the Kingdom with magic, excitement, unity and hope in the festive season.


The Arabian Nights cast features Yasemin Özdemir (Angel, UK tour) as Schere, Sara Diab (Play Without a Title, New Diorama) as Dina, Saikat Ahamed (Life of Pi, Wyndhams Theatre), Roxy Faridany (The Beekeeper of Aleppo, UK tour), Nicholas Karimi (Henry VI, RSC), Patrick Osborne (Comedy of Errors, RSC) as Jafar, Ajjaz Awad Eastenders (BBC) as Gulab/Umm and Arinder Sadhra (War Horse, National Theatre) as Rahiq/Zara.


Arabian Nights runs at The Bristol Old Vic from Thursday 23 November to Saturday 6 January 2024. Grab your tickets now HERE.



As ever, Bristol Old Vic has a busy schedule of shows over the coming months including Four Seasons in the Western Studio, Lemn Sissay OBE and Frantic Assembly’s production of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and many more. Browse the full programme here.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.