Photo gallery

  • Arabian Nights 2009 - Photo gallery 1

    In rehearsal - (l-r) Marcus Fernando, Rene Zagger and Kiran Landa rehearse with model puppets. The puppet Marcus and Rene operate is 'Es-Sindibad the Sailor' - the puppet used in the show is painted gold. Kiran operates a giant snake puppet which features in the story of Es-Sindibad the Porter

    Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC

  • Arabian Nights 2009 - Photo gallery 2

    In rehearsal - The company works together using a large model skull, rakes and sticks to create the appearance of a giant bird in flight.

    Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC

  • Arabian Nights 2009 - Photo gallery 3

    Shahrazad (Ayesha Dharker) brings to life her story of the Talking Bird and the Singing Tree.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights 2009 - Photo gallery 4

    After being betrayed by his first wife, King Shahrayar (Silas Carson) seeks revenge by marrying a succesion of young women and immediately having them put to death.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights 2009 - Photo gallery 5

    The story of Es-Sindibad the Sailor - Es-Sindibad (operated by Marcus Fernando) climbs a tree (created by members of the cast).

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights 2009 - Photo gallery 6

    Shahrazad (Ayesha Dharker) marries King Shahrayar (Silas Carson) and saves herself (and other women) from death by telling him exciting stories. Her sister, Dinarzad (Chetna Pandya) sits listening.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights 2009 - Photo gallery 7

    Es-Sindibad (on the left, operated by Marcus Fernando and Rene Zagger) encounters the giant bird with its egg.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC


  • Arabian Nights (2009) - Photo gallery 8

    Watched by an array of colourful characters, the Doctor (Rene Zagger) pulls a fish-bone from the mouth of the Little Beggar (Simon Trinder).

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights (2009) - Photo gallery 9

    Abu Hassan's New Wife (Natalie Dew) wears an elaborate and heavy costume for her wedding celebrations in the story of 'How Abu Hassan Broke Wind.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights (2009) - Photo gallery 10

    Ali Baba (Amit Shah) empies out the treasure he's found in the cave, to the amazement of his wife (Natalie Dew).

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights (2009) - Photo gallery 11

    Having invited the Little Beggar (Simon Trinder) home to dinner, the Tailor (Chris Ryman) and his wife (Harvey Virdi) are astonished and panicked when he collapses during the meal.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights (2009) - Photo gallery 12

    Ali Baba (Amit Shah) enters the cave where the theives store their loot. The cave's walls are created by the company.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights (2009) - Photo gallery 13

    Shahrazad (Ayesha Dharker) melts the king's hard heart with her enchanting storytelling.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

  • Arabian Nights (2009) - Photo gallery 14

    The Arabian Nights company create just a few of the tales of 'Alf Leila Wa Leila' - 1001 Nights.

    Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC

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