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Scheherazade to appear in musical at Tehran hall

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - An Iranian troupe will stage a musical entitled "A Scheherazade Should Be" based on the story of Scheherazade, the legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of "One Thousand and One Nights".

A poster for "A Scheherazade Should Be"

The Shiftegan-e Del Theater Troupe, choreographed by Hayedeh Kishipur, will perform the musical at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on January 2.

Zahra Purbabak will play the role of Scheherazade in the play, which was written by Nima Khosravi.

Only women are allowed to attend the performances, which will be staged by a cast of over 40 female performers.

"One Thousand and One Nights" is the story of the Persian king Shahriar who marries a girl each night and the next morning beheads her to take revenge from his unfaithful wife.

Queen Scheherazade as painted in the 19th century by Sophie Anderson

He had killed 1,000 such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade. She begins to tell a fascinating story during the night for the king but she does not finish it.

And so the King kept Scheherazade alive day by day, as he eagerly anticipated the finishing of the previous night's story. At the end of 1,001 nights, and 1,000 stories, Scheherazade told the king that she had no more tales to tell him.

During these 1001 nights, the king had fallen in love with Scheherazade, and spared her life, and made her his queen.

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