Illyria: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Taking place at

Aberdeen City & Shire


7 Aug


It’s time for another amazing season of outdoor theatre at Drum! Dust down those folding chairs and waterproofs, and head on down to the South Lawn. Sumptuous refreshments will be available from Drum’s tea tent.


Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home to show his wife. But what will he do when she chides him for stealing? Can he keep the secret from his jealous brother? And when the Robber King comes looking for the missing treasure supported by an army of 40 angry thieves – will he and his family survive?


The show is notable for a scene where one character polishes off most of the thieves – 37 to be precise, and you can count each one – with a cast of just five of the most hardworking actors in the business!


Illyria was the first company to tour children’s theatre on this scale in the open-air sector. Following their enormous successes with The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle (first performed at Drum in 2018), The Emperor's New Clothes, Danny the Champion of the World, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Babe the Sheep-Pig and The Twits, they’re also regarded as the best!


Now in their 28th season, they return with one of their most popular shows, last performed in 2003. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! is adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights (also known as the Arabian Nights). Like all the stories in this literary classic, it’s packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and laughs galore.


There’s lots and lots to join in with – and the most magical cave you’ve ever seen! This is perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+.


Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (including 20-minute interval)


Adult: £15

Child (aged 3+): £9

Concession (over 60s/students): £9

Dates & Times

Wednesday 7 August


Child (3 - 18)
Under 3