5 Jun - 22 Jun 2014 For ages 7+

A Transport / Unicorn Production

1001 Nights


  • Devised and directed by Douglas Rintoul
  • Designed by James Perkins
  • Lighting design by Matthew Haskins
  • Sound design by Helen Atkinson
  • Cast includes: Samantha Béart, Keshini Misha, Krystian Godlewski


1001 Nights collects together some of the greatest folk tales ever told. Here they are re-imagined by Shahrazad – a lively young girl who, torn between her old home in the East and her new life in England, re-tells the extraordinary stories of her childhood to her new-found friend, who understands not a single word she says…

Using the things she finds around her, Shahrazad fashions saucepans into crowns, old pipes into enchanted telescopes and a mop into a magic carpet to transport us to a fantastical and imagined world of kings, viziers, and jinns.

This compelling, funny and totally absorbing play wowed audiences at the Unicorn in 2013 and now returns for just two weeks as part of a UK tour.

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'...harnessing its audience’s imagination in a continuous game of let’s-pretend and holding everyone, young and old alike, quite spellbound. An utter delight.' ★★★★


'1001 Nights is an enjoyable piece which celebrates, among other things, the power of stories, family and friendship.' 4 STARS WhatsOnStage.com

4 STARS WhatsOnStage.com

Nominated for an Off West End Award – Best Production for Young People.

Find out more about the show

Our free post-show Insights offer audience members the opportunity to ask questions in response to the show during an informal Q&A session with the actors and creative team. These will take place after the following performances:

Fri 6 Jun at 11am and Wed 18 Jun at 11am.


School tickets are £10 each, with every eleventh ticket free.

We can offer a range of resources and opportunities to enhance your visit to 1001 Nights, including a full Teacher Resource Pack and a CPD session to support your work in the classroom.

Download the Resource Pack

For more information, or to book a place on the CPD workshop, please contact schools@unicorntheatre.com.

Access performances

Click here to find out more about access performances at the Unicorn.

Captioned performance
Friday 20 June 2014, 11.00
Saturday 21 June 2014, 11.00
Relaxed Performance
Tuesday 17 June 2014, 13.30
Audio Described Performance
Thursday 19 June 2014, 13.30

Stories We Tell Ourselves

By Jane Barnwell
A film installation will take place in the Unicorn foyer during the run of 1001 Nights (from 7 Jun onwards). Stories We Tell Ourselves is a playful interpretation of the familiar stories we know and love with some unexpected twists, exploring the creation of identity through the stories we tell our children.


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