Performances / Visiting Companies

The Tales of Malik-Mammed

Welcome to the magical fairytale world of ancient Azerbaijan!


The Tales of Malik-Mammed is an adventure-packed comedy inspired by  Azerbaijan’s centuries-old traditions of storytelling. The magician El leads you into a magic world of yesteryore when shahs ruled and dragons roamed and where the quick-witted prince Malik-Mammed sets out to prove that he’s a match for his overbearing big brothers. Along the way he encounters all manner of adventures, fighting fearsome ‘Dev’ ogres and man-eating dragons and saving damsels in distress. Malik-Mammed discovers strange worlds, lots of treasure and an unexpected friend in the Fabulous Phoenix – and what it means to stand up for himself!


Directed by Andy McQuade and written by Chris Bartlett, the cast features Mark Shaer as El the Magnificent, Sam Watson as Prince Malik-Mammed, with George Collie and Eloise Black playing a gallery of roles between them, including ogres, shahs, dragons and damsels in distress.


There’s a free resource work pack on Azerbaijan’s fairytales, traditions and culture for everyone, and a free post-show talk on Friday, Monday and Tuesday (March 6, 9-10).


Buta Festival presents The Tales of Malik-Mammed

6th March – Wed 11th March

Fri/Mon/Tue/Wed 10.30 (free post-show talk Fri/Mon/Tue) Sat/Sun 14.00 and 17.00

Adults: £8

Children/concs: £5

Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) £20

Disabled audience members may bring one carer for free.

Age guide: for everyone aged 5+ and above


The show is available for performances and educational workshops at schools.



The 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts runs in London from November 2014 to March 2015. Buta is a rolling festival that celebrates the arts and culture of Azerbaijan, bringing together music, theatre and dance with traditional crafts, contemporary art installations and cutting edge design. Other events running as part of this year’s Buta are Farkhad Khalilov’s Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery from 11-23 March, Farooq Chaudry’s production of the 1001 Nights Ballet, at Sadler’s Wells on 17 March, and Aloff Theatre’s Telescope by Elchin at Testbed1 from 25 February-7 March.


This is a private hire and is not affiliated with Chelsea Theatre.


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