Sheherazade and the 1001 Nights

Written by:

Christine Foster

Cast Size:
47

Roles For:

  • Men: 22
  • Women: 25

Genre:

Adaptation
Drama
Fantasy
Storytelling
TYA

Themes:

Royalty

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2003

Synopsis:

“A new adaptation of the astonishing story of Sheherazade and the 1001 Nights, who desperately weaves rollicking and preposterous tales in a brilliant bid not only to restore the sanity of the King of Persia, but in doing so, to save her own life.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Sheherazade: 20 years old. Idealistic elder daughter of the Grand Vizier. Lively and expressive, although all her experience is from books rather than life.

Shahriar: Late twenties. King of Samarkland. Vital, impulsive, spoiled and sensitive.

Dinyazade: Teen sister to Sheherazade. Plays 17 to 20. Loving, imaginative, but self-absorbed.

Basram: Plays 35-40 or so. The Grand Vizier (Prime Minister). Devoted to both his King and his family. Extremely honourable, if a bit didactic.

Laila / The Cadi / Sultan / The King of China / Judar / Vision of Destiny / Hooded Thief / Bride / Serving Girl / Rahna / Young Market Girl / The Maid Servant / Princess / Pearl Garden / Rumbling Thunder / The Possible Bride / Stubborn Wife / Magistrate / Persian King / Yabar / The Old Man / The Jinni / The Magi / The Beggar/ The Adulterous Palace Attendant / The Merchant / Douban / Akill / Alnashar / Yusuf / The Brother of Judar / King Shahzaman / The Stubborn Husband / Shemselnihar / Wife of Magistrate / Woman in Street / The Persian Queen / The Old Woman / The Queen / The Nagging Mother / Queen of China / The Mother / The Neighbour

First Produced:

2003, The Guild Inn Theatre

Resources:

Sheherazade and the 1001 Nights is available through the CPO website or through Smith Scripts.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

A minimum of 6 actors required when using full doubling. Up to 30 actors can be used if all parts are individual, with many options in between.

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