REVIEW: Arabian Nights at The Watermill

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By SarahLively | Sunday, November 25, 2012, 21:01

Centuries old collection of tales from the East are handpicked and adapted by Toby Hulse for this year's Christmas show at The Watermill.

Princess Cyra has been tricked into a marriage of convenience by the cruel, cold blooded King. Thrown into the dungeons alongside her servants and hand maidens, their only hope of redemption is to tell the tale that will provoke such human emotion that it will melt the King's cold heart. 

The captives quickly mobilise themselves into a cast of genies, magicians and puppeteers and attempt to dazzle King Dara with their extraordinary tales. Studded with music and plenty of laughter this is as funny for adults as it is for the kids - the impromptu approach to their storytelling is a riot!

The performance is driven by the energy of the small ensemble cast who create a whirlwind of magic, music and surprise. With fabulous costumes and a sparkling set, my four year old giggled the whole way through, and so did I. 

Something different, Arabian Nights is a wonderful Christmas treat.

Arabian Nights runs at The Watermill Theatre near Newbury until 6 January.

Photo by Philip Tull

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