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What to expect

This is an amazing new play at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, co-produced with Tamasha Theatre Company and directed by Pooja Ghai, the theatre's artistic director, known for 'Lotus Beauty', 'Lions And Tigers', and 'Hampstead'. The resident writer of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Hannah Khalil, is the author of this production. Hannah Khalil is known for 'Henry VIII' and 'The Fir Tree'. For this production, there are also contributions from Hanan al-Shaykh, Sara Shaarawi, and Suhayla El-Bushra. Enjoy the power of the narrative as many ancient tales are rewritten, reclaimed, and reimagined. The word 'hakawati' is of Arabic origin and means 'storyteller'.

A tyrant punishes his wife's infidelity, when he marries and then kills a different bride every single day. Just five brides-in-waiting are left after some years. The surviving women are impenitent in their battle to stay alive, along with the whole of womankind. This performance shows the powerful ideas these women have for their future. Book 'Hakawatis: Women Of The Arabian Nights' tickets.

About 'Hakawatis: Women Of The Arabian Nights'

What is 'Hakawatis' about?

'Hakawatis: Women Of The Arabian Nights' creates a unifying power of the narrative of ancient tales, by rewriting, reclaiming, and reimagining them, for this performance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe. 'Hakawati' means 'storyteller', taken from the Arabic words 'hekaye' meaning 'the story' and 'haki' meaning 'to speak'.

This story is of a tyrannical man who takes revenge after his wife's infidelity, by marrying and killing a new bride, day after day. Five brides-in-waiting are left and the women have a story to tell. The bold and unforgiving group calls upon society to hear their vision for the coming days, to keep themselves and all women alive.

What age is 'Hakawatis' suitable for?

The age restriction has not been announced. There are adult themes in the production, so parental discretion is advised.

How long is the play?

The duration has not been announced.

Who is the team behind 'Hakawatis'?

Pooja Ghai is the director of this performance, while Hannah Khalil is the writer. Pooja Ghai is the artistic director of Tamasha Theatre Company and is known for 'Lotus Beauty', 'Lions and Tigers', and 'Hampstead'. Hannah Khalil is the resident writer at the Globe and is known for 'The Fir Tree' and 'Henry VIII'. This production also has contributions from Hanan al-Shaykh, Sara Shaarawi, and Suhayla El-Bushra.

The co-producer of this performance is Tamasha Theatre Company, a registered charity based in England and Wales.

Who is in the London cast of 'Hakawatis'?

The cast has not been announced.

Directions, Venue Info, And Attendee FAQs

Where is 'Hakawatis: Women Of The Arabian Nights' being performed?

The address of the venue is Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT, England.

How do I get to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?

Southwark Bridge Road will take you to the Globe Theatre in the shortest possible time.

Southwark, Blackfriars, and London Bridge are the nearest tube stations. They are each around 10-15 minutes away from the venue.

London Blackfriars, Cannon Street, and London Bridge are the nearest train stations.

There are also bus services running both day and night in London.

Where can I park near the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?

The NCP car park on Thames Exchange is the nearest parking available.

Where are the toilet facilities at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?

Standard toilets and accessible toilets can be found inside the theatre.

Is the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse accessible?

Both theatres at Shakespeare's Globe are wheelchair accessible and different tickets are available for wheelchair users. There is step-free access to the theatre from the Globe's foyer. There is step-free access from the main entrance located on New Globe Walk as well. There are lifts located inside to get to all levels of the theatre.

Where can I eat nearby?

Some popular recommendations near the theatre are Zizzi Bankside, The Real Greek Bankside, Swan at the Globe, Samuel Pepys, and Tas Pide.

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