Are you a sucker for the mysterious orient? Dashing bandits and svelte houris, idyllic oases and teeming souks, hawk-faced magicians, desert-defying caravans, corrupt Grand Viziers, gorgeous palaces, and Ray Harryhausen special effects? The Arabian Knights is an eastern concoction into which every conceivable Arabian Nights cliché has been stirred, seasoned with a tiny twist of alternative history, and cunningly bound together in a traditional pantomime recipe, featuring lots of familiar ingredients. Not forgetting several opportunities to add a dash of local flavour to your production.
As part of his fiendish plot to defeat Richard the Lionheart, the evil Saladin sends his henchmen on a magic carpet to Merrie England, to abduct Richard’s Sweetheart, Thomasina. But Saladin’s bungling agents, Oshgosh and Babu, return instead with Thomasina’s irrepressible auntie, Dame Dollop – who quickly proves that the wicked Caliph has bitten off rather more than he can chew.
Thomasina meanwhile, travelling to join King Richard’s Crusade, encounters the dashing brigand, Hasan the Bandit. Hasan, who is not quite what he seems, is no friend to Saladin, and together with Thomasina, sets out to rescue Auntie!
With the help of an assortment of genies, assassins, eunuchs, Turkish wrestlers, dancing girls and pantomime camels, Dame Dollop escapes from the harem to outwit Saladin, and allow Richard to recapture the holy city of Jerusalem, and all in time for Christmas Day!
A hilarious, original, and thoroughly entertaining pantomime, guaranteed to transport all involved to the land of the Arabian Nights.
Cast: Principals M9 F3 M or F 2. Extras and chorus: As many as you like, M or F, including dancers.
Provision is made in the script for the inclusion of nine musical numbers, plus three dance routines. More musical numbers could easily be incorporated.
Published and licenced for performance by Samuel French Ltd.
Haroun the Storyteller
Dame Dollop, a pantomime dame
Brat, a brat
Tommy, properly Thomasina, principal girl, and niece to Dame Dollop
Saladin, a pantomime villain
Onion Bhaji, Grand Vizier to Saladin
Al Kazeltzah, a genie
Oshgosh and Babu, of the Palace Guard of Saladin
Hasan The Bandit, principal boy – a clean limbed son of the desert
The Evil Yasmin, first in the harem of Saladin
Ibn Dun, a eunuch
Ali-Kat, a decommissioned assassin
Mustapha Spit, a pantomime camel
Plus Palace Guards, food tasters, leopard handlers, lissom concubines, etc etc, as required…
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