【DE】In the concert hall, the magic of 1001 nights comes alive

Badisches Staatstheater presents fairytale classics as a family play at Christmas time


The stories from 1001 nights are an integral part of the collection of traditional fairy tales of world literature. Now the rousing stories about the young Shahrasad from the 8th December 2022 to 12. January 2023 at the Konzerthaus Karlsruhe. With the family play at Christmas time, the ensemble of the Junges Staatstheater around Lodi Doumit enchants small and old guests from the age of six in the title role. Singer-songwriter Naima Husseini is responsible for the music for the piece and the musical direction. On selected dates, the Baden State Theatre offers “1001 Nights” with Arabic, English and Ukrainian surtitles as well as live audio description (8. /18. /26.12. and 8.1.) and sign language (8.1.).


At the center of the 75-minute scenic narrative is the clever Shahrasad, who all alone confronts an evil king and captivates not only the ruler with her magically interwoven fairy tales. She takes her listeners to wondrous places full of heroic deeds and magic, with fairies, princes, powerful ghosts and flying carpets.


Photo: Badisches Staatstheater / Felix Grünschloss



Cultural participation thanks to barrier-free and multilingual offers


Mona vom Dahl, dramaturge of the production and deputy director of the Junges Staatstheater: “With our family play 1001 Nacht des Jungen Staatstheater, we continue our barrier-free offers and also focus on multilingualism. In this way, we want to contribute to more cultural participation and inclusion. So far, plays for the deaf or visually impaired people are not yet widespread in the region. In addition, we can offer programs to families with migration history and immigrants for whom the survivors make going to the theater more attractive through the surtitles in Arabic, Ukrainian and English.”


Holger Klanfer, Director Congress & Cultural Events at Messe Karlsruhe, adds: “We are very pleased that our concert hall will offer the production ‘1001 Night’ a suitable and atmospheric setting from December. The fact that the program offers foreign-language surtitles and a solution for people with hearing and visual impairments takes into account the international and transcluding effect of fairy tales and brings wonderful added value in terms of diversity and inclusion in Karlsruhe.”




Photo: Badisches Staatstheater / Felix Grünschloss


The family pieces at Christmas time complement the program at the Konzerthaus as guest events, which regularly hosts productions of the Badisches Staatstheater with its 1,000 seats and its extraordinary ambience.


All information, the dates at a glance and tickets for “1001 nights” can be found on the websites of the Staatstheater. Especially for school classes, the Badische Staatstheater offers morning performances until mid-January.


An overview of all events at Messe Karlsruhe can be found online in the event calendar.

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