The Arabian Nights
The Arabian Nights is the most popular English title for the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales called أَلْف لَيْلَة وَلَيْلَة in Arabic (pronounced "Alf layla wa-layla", and meaning "One Thousand and One Nights"), compiled during the Islamic Golden Age.
- 1 The original stories
- 2 Adaptations and translations
- 3 The Arabian Nights as the title of a play
- 4 Other dramatized versions of the stories
- 5 Return to
The original stories
This title derives from the first English-language edition (1706), which rendered the title as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment, in turn based on the first European version (1704–1717) by Antoine Galland, called Les Mille et une nuits, contes arabes traduits en français ("Thousand and one nights, Arab stories translated into French"), and also containing additional material such as the popular stories of "Aladdin's Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor".
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Adaptations and translations
The stories from The Arabian Nights have been the source of many plays, dances, pantomimes, films and TV dramas over the years. What follows below is a list of titles for those that have made their way to South African stages and the local media. Where the entry is not discussed below, click on the appropriate title to go to the particular entry for more detail.
The Arabian Nights as the title of a play
The Arabian Nights by Hal Collier Edwards and F.H. Dudley
This was apparently a comedy , based on a German tragedy called Harun Alraschid by an unidentified author.
Performance history in South Africa
1888: Performed in the Exhibition Theatre, Cape Town, by Hirshfield's Theatre Company as part of a repertoire that also included Sweet Lavender (Pinero), and In His Power (Quinton). The company included the actors J.A. Rosier, Albert Lucas and Joseph Ashman.
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Other dramatized versions of the stories
There are a number of dramatised versions of this story, by local and international authors.
An Arabian Night
A South African play, devised and performed by Janice Honeyman and cast
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
There are numerous of dramatised versions of this story, by local and international authors.
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