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The Crick Crack Club presents

1001 Nights

Performance / 24 Sep 2023


Event information

24 Sep 2023


BP Lecture Theatre


  • £10
  • £8 (Members)
  • £8 (Concessions)


Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Betrayed by his wife, a king decides to reap his revenge on womankind by bedding, then slaughtering, one virgin every night... until he meets Sheharazade.

Sheharazade, the storyteller who saved her own life together with the lives of her children by telling stories for 1001 nights, is one of the great cultural creations of the Arab world. Stories nestle within stories, with demons, errant spouses, thieves, fools and comedians all jostling for attention.

Egyptian storyteller and performer Chirine El Ansary returns to the Crick Crack Club to tell some of the most intriguing and deliciously seductive episodes from The Nights, and the deepest passions and desires of men and women.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club, the UK's boldest and busiest performance storytelling programmer and promoter, working with the finest spoken word storytellers, developing audiences, supporting artists and collaborating with venues and festivals across the UK.

Content warning: This performance contains descriptions of sex, murder and violence, contextualised within a paradigm of mythic narrative, archetype and metaphor.

Booking information

  • Concessions include Disabled visitors, jobseekers, seniors (60+) and students. The event is free for Disabled visitors' assistants.
  • Running time: Approximately 100 minutes + interval.
  • These storytelling events are created with an adult audience in mind (age guidance 14+), under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please allow time to go through a security check which includes a bag check upon entry to the Museum.
  • Doors will open at approximately 14.15 for the audience to take their seats.
  • Please note only bottled water is permitted in the theatre.
  • This event will be held at full capacity. In line with current government and NHS guidance, face masks are not mandatory but guests are welcome to wear them if they wish.


About the performer

Chirine El Ansary is a storyteller and physical performer living in Egypt and France, and working in French, English and Arabic. Cairo-born and trained at Le Coq, Paris, and Goldsmiths, London, El Ansary was one of the first performers to perform in the ancient buildings in the heart of the old city of Cairo, and in the markets and old palaces of Damascus and Aleppo. Today she is an international storyteller and has performed in cities diverse as Sana'a, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Johannesburg, Rome, Naples, Rotterdam and Paris, and made her mark in the UK at the Barbican and Soho theatres.