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A new, well-timed production based on the Arabian Nights will remind audiences of the enduring power of storytelling

By Michael Coveney   185

Cutting edge drama: Hajar Graigaa in One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 21st August-3rd September

After years of planning, British theatre director Tim Supple was finally ready to begin work this February on his production of One Thousand and One Nights, a six-hour, two-play edition of 20 stories from the source we know as the Arabian Nights.

Two dozen actors and musicians from all over the Arab world—Cairo, Baghdad, Ramallah, Palestine and Syria—were going to assemble for rehearsals in Egypt, in a Jesuit monastery in Alexandria. Then President Hosni Mubarak’s regime collapsed.

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