Outdoor theatre: Illyria’s Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves!

Now in their 28th season, Illyria return with one of their most popular ever shows, adapted from the One Thousand and One Nights. Bring a picnic and settle in for the evening as the sun sets at Uppark.

  • Booking essential

Packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters and laughs galore, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! sees Ali Baba stumble across a magical cave when he overhears the words that open it: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels. Can he keep the secret from his jealous brother? And when the Robber King comes for the missing treasure, will he and his family survive? There’s plenty to join in with in Illyria's enchanting show.


Event ticket prices
  • Adult £17.50
  • Child £8.50

The basics

Booking details
Call 03442491895
Booking line closes at midnight on the night before the performance.
Suitable for early teens and older
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Park in the visitor car park and follow the route to the gardens.
What to bring and wear
Dress for the weather. Cancellation only in the event of hurricane when the performance will be rescheduled. Tickets are non-refundable.
The gardens are fully wheelchair accessible except in very wet weather.
No refreshments available so please bring a picnic.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
17 August 2019 19:00 - 21:00 Available

Contact Info

Central Booking Office
Call 03442491895

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