“Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” Outdoor Theatre by Illyria


Outdoor theatre company Illyria returns for a second visit this year to the shores of Coniston bringing its summer programme to the Lake District. The ever-popular touring company arrive back at Brantwood in August with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Tickets are now on sale for our annual outdoor theatre shows, which take place in our scenic lakeside meadow overlooking Coniston Water to the fells beyond, providing a spectacular back-drop for Illyria’s stage.

Please bring your own seating. Gates open at 5.30pm with the shows starting at 6.30pm.  Adults £12.00  Children £8.00. Coniston Launch will be running a return ferry service to and from the performance, leaving Coniston boat landings at 5.45pm and returning after the performance.  Adults £3, children £1.50.  Ferry must be booked in advance through Brantwood.  Performances will go ahead whatever the weather so come prepared.

The Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant will be open for food and refreshments until the performance starts as well as during the interval.


Adapted by Oliver Gray

Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “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 touring sector. Following their enormous successes with THE ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE, THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES, DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, GEORGE’S MARVELOUS MEDICINE, BABE THE SHEEP-PIG and THE TWITS they are also regarded as the best.

Now in their 28th season, they return with one of their most popular ever shows, last performed in 2003. ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES! is adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights (otherwise known as the Arabian Nights). Like all the stories in this towering literary classic it is 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! Perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+.

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

Event Information

Date & Time:Tuesday 20th August 2019 - 6:30 PM - 8:20 PM

Admission Price:Adults: £12.00

Admission Price:Children: £8.00

Brantwood is an independent registered charity - The Brantwood Trust Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AD enquiries@brantwood.org.uk Telephone: 015394 41396 Fax: 015394 41263