I wrote this script back in 2011 for our homeschool Classical Theatre group. We had about 50 kids involved in the play so it was a BIG production. I spent endless hours reading huge volumes of tales from various sources and periods in history, and pulled out the best of the best for use with family-friendly theater. I did some tweaking but tried to stay as close to the original as I could. Reading this script is a legitimate literary activity, and is worth the time spent on it. (For more info on the sources, there is an info page at the beginning of the script.)
If you can’t perform a play but want the fun of doing so, try doing it as Reader’s Theater, where you just sit in a circle and read the script together, each person playing different parts. Add plenty of passion/humor where appropriate when you read your lines!
If you would like to use this script for a large-scale production (public performance), email me and let me know (not so much for the financial aspect, but mostly because I would love to see what you do with it!). If you are just going to use it in a very small setting, you aren’t under any obligation to contact me. Either way, please have a lot of fun with it!
“Arabian Nights” A full-length play script (running time about 2.5 hours)