Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves
by Simon Rayner Davis published February 2011
Suitable for All Groups
This hilarious new version of the Arabian Nights tale is a traditional family pantomime full of slapstick, silly jokes and songs by Abba with specially rewritten lyrics.
Set in Old Baghdad, the plot has Ali Baba, a poor wood cutter, and his son Abba stumble across the cave of One-eyed Maid Earlier and her motley crew of Thieves in the Forest of Foreboding. Ali's brother Cassim finds out about Ali's secret and is discovered by the Thieves in their cave. When Cassim escapes from the cave the Thieves go in search of him to kill him and his family once and for all. It is left to Morgiana, Ali's servant girl, to save the day.
Players: 4 male 5 female 7 male or female
Cast: Ali Baba, Rum Baba, Abba Baba, Morgiana, Cassim Baba, Ugli Baba, Tetley & Typhoo, Maid Earlier, Dickie Beau, Jack the Kipper, Polly Esther, Reggie Mental, Rough Ralph, Duane Pipe, Mustapha Tinkle, Semolina, Tapioca.
Sets: The bazaar, the cave, the schoolroom, the house, the palace
Running Time: 2 hours
Notes: Detailed notes provided
Download Sample Script: Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves