Tuesday 28 May 2.30pm
Reserved Covered Seating £15.50
Friends Discounted ticket £14.75
Discounted Theatre and Gardens Ticket £26.70 Adult £22.30 Child
Gates open 45 minutes, entrance to the castle from 30 minutes before the performance.
Stay all day when you buy a combined Castle Gardens and performance reduced rate ticket!
Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it, ‘Open Sesame!’. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home to show his wife. But what will he do when she chides him for stealing? Can he keep the secret from his jealous brother? And when the Robber King comes looking for the missing treasure supported by an army of 40 angry thieves – will he and his family survive?
The show is notable for a scene where one character polishes off most of the thieves – 37 to be precise, and you can count each one – with a cast of just five of the most hardworking actors in the business.
Illyria was the first company to tour children’s theatre, on this scale, in the open. Now in their 28th season, they return with one of their most popular shows ever. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights (otherwise known as the Arabian Nights). Like all the stories in this towering literary classic, it is packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and laughs galore.
There’s lots and lots to join in with – and the most magical cave you’ve ever seen. Perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+.