Hakawatis, Globe Theatre

Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights Tickets

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
Booking to 14 January 2023
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Ancient tales reclaimed in the candlelit surrounds of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Share in the unifying power of storytelling as ancient tales are reclaimed, rewritten and reimagined for Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Hakawati /hakəˈwɑːti/. Noun: Storyteller. From the Arabic terms hekaye meaning story and haki meaning to talk.

This fearless new play, a co-production with Tamasha Theatre Company, is directed by their Artistic Director, Pooja Ghai (Lotus Beauty, Hampstead, Lions and Tigers, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and written by Globe Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (The Fir Tree, Henry VIII, Globe), with contributions from Hanan al-Shaykh, Suhayla El-Bushra and Sara Shaarawi.

Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights is booking to 14 January 2023 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe.

What's the story of Hakawatis?

A tyrant revenges his wife’s infidelity by wedding, bedding and beheading a new bride every day. Years later, only five brides-in-waiting remain.

These women are unapologetic, and united in their fight to keep themselves – and the whole of womankind – alive. They’ve got other ideas for their future, and it starts with a story…

Who is in the cast of Hakawatis?

The cast includes Houda Echouafni as Wadiha The Dancer, Alaa Habib as Fatah The Young, Laura Hanna as Zuya The Warrior, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi as Akila The Writer, and Roann Hassani McCloskey as Naha The Wise.

Who are the creative team of Hakawatis?

Directed by Pooja Ghai and written by Hannah Khalil.


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 14 January 2023
Running time
2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Important Notes

Content guidance: This production contains strong and sexual language, and themes of oppression and slavery. 


Venue Information

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, South Bank, SE1 9DT
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (Jubilee line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 45, 63, 100, 15, 17, 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76, 381 , RV1, 344
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