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One Thousand and One Nights at Edinburgh festival

One Thousand and One Nights is expected to be this year's big show at the Edinburgh festival

Ahram Online, Thursday 18 Aug 2011
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An adaptation of One Thousand and One Nights will be held at this year's Edinburgh festival and is considered by the Guardian as this year’s big show at the festival.

The adaptation, written by the Lebanese Hanan El Sheikh, is directed by Tim Supple and includes 25 actors from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco and France and Britain.

The multi-lingual production, which includes English, Arabic and French retells the stories of Alladin’s magic lamp, Ali Baba and the fourty thieves and Sindibad’s travels.

The famous folk collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales revolves around the king Shahrayar, who upon finding out about his wife’s betrayal vowed to get back at women by marrying a virgin each night and then killing her.

Shahrazade, who was entrapped at the king’s palace about to be killed, started telling tales to the kind to prolong her sentence.

Edinburgh festival, which holds different artistic and cultural events, is considered one of the most famous and biggest European festivals.

The performance will be held at the Royal Lyceum theatre from 21 August till 3 September.

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