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Illustration by Jennifer Salmon.

Sinbad: The Untold Tale

Charles Way, playwright


60 pgs, 2 female, 4 male
Originally produced by Theatre by the Lake, UK, in 2006
Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages


The story begins in a busy Baghdad, a city full of life, color and danger. Sinbad the porter, a young man who survives on his wits and not much else, is given a box to carry to the house of the famous Sinbad the sailor, who is now an old man. On arrival the porter meets Ittifaq, Sinbad’s quarrelsome daughter and their differences soon become apparent. Just as the porter is about to leave, the house is visited by the ancient Sorceress Jan Shah. Jan Shah places a deadly cloud over the city that threatens to kill all its inhabitants. The antidote is in a flower, in a cave deep beneath the sea and Jan Shah challenges the old sailor Sinbad to go one last adventure and save the city he loves. Sinbad the sailor knows he cannot do this and thus the task falls to the two youngsters. Their journey is daring and hazardous and involve a magic boat, a silent but deadly genie and most dangerous of all a confrontation with Jan Shah who wants nothing less than the blood of Ittifaq in order to be come young again-and perhaps live forever.

“This variation on the stories of Sinbad the Sailor is an original work by Charles Way…and set to become a firm seasonal favorite everywhere.” -The Stage, UK

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