The Opus Pocus: 1001 Arabian Nights

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“The script had me chuckling from start to finish, but I was also struck by how original the concept was: a children’s story written to perfectly overlay an entire symphony (and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is one of my favourites, by the way) as an exciting introduction to classical music. a magical idea indeed!”

Brian Blessed

“I loved being involved with this project – the idea of setting a funny and fast-moving script to the original music was inspired, creating a lively and engaging experience that I’ve rarely experienced in classical music productions for a younger audience. It could become a kind of Peter and the Wolf for a new generation.”

Rory Bremner

Cast & Creatives

Brian Blessed

The Great Sultan Shakriar / The King

Rory Bremner

Sinbad / The Kalendar Prince

Jess Murphy

Sheherazade / The King’s Daughter / An Odd Princess

Nigel Garton

Other Pirates, Wizards & King’s Guards

Sam Morris

Grandma Dingley / The Genie / Other roles

Matt Parry

Writer, director & producer


Greg Arrowsmith


Sarah Sexton

Violin Solo / Orchestra Leader

The Opus Pocus Orchestra


Prozone Music

Royal Academy of Music

Stakeout Studios

Andrew Smillie

Illustration and Design

Faye Simms


Mandy Norman

Art direction and book/web design

James Topp

Web developer