Born in Kuwait in 1972, Sulayman Al Bassam founded Zaoum Theatre in London in 1996. SABAB Theatre is the Arabic arm, established in 2002. His plays have been published in various languages and study of his work forms part of higher education curricula at universities in the USA and the Middle East. He produces work in both English and Arabic languages.
His productions as writer/ director include, among others, a variety of Shakespeare-related works: In the Eruptive Mode, The Speaker’s Progress, Richard III – An Arab Tragedy; The Mirror For Princes: Kalila Wa Dimna; The Al-Hamlet Summit (Tokyo International Arts Festival Japan and world tour-winning Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2002, Best Production and Best Director at Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre 2002, and the National Arts Award Kuwait 2003); Trading (Kuwait, Best Production and Best Design Awards at Gulf Youth Theatre Festival); Melting The Ice, The Arab League Hamlet; Hamlet in Kuwait; The 60 Watt Macbeth and The Game Show.
In 2013, Al Bassam was invited to direct Ritual for a Metamorphosis by Saadallah Al Wannous for La Comedie Francaise in Paris, and Théâtre du Gymnase, Marseille.
Al Bassam lives between Paris and Kuwait. Future projects include The Lamentation for the Destruction of Ur at the Louvre Museum, Paris and a new play The Petrol Station.