Ali baba (5+)

28 Aug – 31 Aug 2019

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! (5+)

Adapted by Oliver Gray

Family performance in the open-air
performed by well-known and well-loved
British open-air theatre company ILLYRIA

Adapted from 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. 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…
But 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. Now in their 28th season, they return with one of their most popular ever shows: the perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+!

Dates, Venues & Tickets

*Grounds open 2 hours before the performance for picnics

  • Saturday 31 Aug) (15:00*) – Wassenaar, Raadhuis de Paauw
    For tickets, click here!
  • Sunday 1 Sept (14:00*) – Wassenaar, Raadhuis de Paauw
    For tickets, click here


Wassenaar (Raadhuis de Paauw, Municipality of Wassenaar) how to get there?
Raadhuislaan 22, 2242 Wassenaar

Running Time

1 hour 40 minutes (including 20-minute interval)


€10 Pre-sale (sale starts in May**): € 12.50 – € 29.50
Book your tickets in the online STET Ticketshop

NOTE The Easy-STET ticketing system:
prices will rise closer to the time (so… the earlier you book, the cheaper it is!)

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Get out your picnic hampers and fill them with your home-made pies, tartes, salads and whatever more…. Do take insect repellents, warm clothes etc with you. Grounds open 2 hours before the performance.

Facilities in the grounds

There are toilets available at all locations.

Specials in Wassenaar

Kaas en Worst – Food truck
with warm and cold snacks and drinks.


If it rains… well, you get wet!
Bad weather does NOT stop the performance.
The show will go on! So dress accordingly.

Book Sales

Buy your English books before and after the performances. Rainbow Corner Books is an independent mobile bookshop specialised in the best and most up-to-date English books (for children). The collection is amazing, you will be spoiled for choice!

Illyria also performs in the NL

The Tempest 
28, 29, 30 and 31 August 2019
Open-air Shakespeare performance
Wassenaar, Heeswijk-Dinther and Schovenhorst

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of Ariel, a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. What will be greater? His thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?
More than 400 years after it was written, this play still has the capacity to surprise!

Click here for more information and tickets!

Open Air Theatre Company Illyria

Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s swift, it’s polished and it’s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies Illyria’s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) – and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria’s performance style is the most authentically Elizabethan to be seen. Since 1992 they have performed on what feels like every patch of grass from Land’s End to John O-Groats – and also in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. They are the only UK open-air touring company to have won no less than 4 international awards, and have a well-deserved reputation for being, quite simply, the best.

Event Supported by

From The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle - open air 2018

video made by Nataliya Volosovych from FotoDelray