Arabian Nights, The [Drama]

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The immortal stories of The Arabian Nights are brought to life in an inventive new adaptation by Glen Neath, as present and past merge into one.

Ata Madri (Indira Varma) is in Cairo attempting to retrieve a lost manuscript of The Arabian Nights that is said to contain the real ending of the book. As we follow her search we slip into this sea of stories.

The Hunchback Cycle is told in this episode, including the story of The Barber (Alexei Sayle) and his brothers, as well as lesser known stories.

These tales of wonder and imagination have beguiled both east and west over generations and remain as seminal and influential as ever. Here, the stories are told in a rich world of sound by an ensemble of actors from around the world.

Cast:
Narrator....Nadim Sawalha
Madri....Indira Varma
Clive, Steward....Ewan Bailey
Ali Zum, Thief, Chief....Waleed Elgadi
Tailor....Bhasker Patel
Tailor’s Wife....Alyssa Kyria
Christian, Old Man....Niall Ashdown
Lame Young Man,
Al-Haddar....Muzz Khan
Mother,
Beautiful Woman....Noa Bodner
Barber....Alexei Sayle
Jewish Physician’s maid,
Judge’s Daughter....Sharlit Deyzac
Caliph....Renu Setna
Bakbook,
Jewish Physician....Amir El-Masry
Young Woman....Laura Hanna
Bakbak....Nabil Elouahabi
Blind Beggar....Noof McEwan
Watchman, Al-Ashar....Stewart Scudamore
Hasan, Taxi Driver....Nayef Rashed

Sound design by Alisdair McGregor
Music by Michael Ward with David Lewin and Peter Rophone
Directed by Boz Temple-Morris
A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4

An inventive adaptation by Glen Neath of wondrously entertaining and earthy tales.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

012015120620191220 (BBC7)
20191219 (BBC7)

The immortal stories of The Arabian Nights are brought to life in an inventive new adaptation by Glen Neath, reviving favourites such as Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves and The Fisherman and The Demon along with lesser known tales.

This is a world of wonder, magic and comedy - but also of contemporary realism. Successive generations in the east and the west have reinterpreted these tales, recognising the inept rulers, the resourceful slaves and the wondrous magicians. That’s why this is one of the most enduring and influential books in literature.

In this first of two parts, we join Ata Madri (Indira Varma) as she heads to modern day Cairo to track down an elusive medieval copy of The Nights - one that is said to contain the original ending. A sea of stories awaits her.

An extraordinary ensemble of actors from east and west come together to tell the tales.

Cast:
Narrator....Nadim Sawalha
Madri....Indira Varma
Clive, King Yunan....Ewan Bailey
Taxi Driver, Hasan....Nayef Rashed
Ali Baba....Muzz Khan
Ali Baba's wife....Noa Bodner
Cassim, King of the City's Vizier....Noof McEwan
Cassim's wife....Alyssa Kyria
Marjaneh....Laura Hanna
Cobbler, Vizier....Niall Ashdown
Robber....Waleed Elgadi
Captain....Alexei Sayle
Ali Baba's son, Young Man....Amir El-Masry
Shopkeeper, Fisherman....Nabil Elouahabi
Professor, Demon....Stewart Scudamore
Sage Duban....Renu Setna
King of the City....Bhasker Patel
Evil Wife....Sharlit Deyzac

Sound design by Alisdair McGregor
Music by Michael Ward with David Lewin and Peter Rophone
Directed by Boz Temple-Morris
A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4

An inventive adaptation by Glen Neath of wondrously entertaining and earthy tales.

Drama from BBC Radio 4