The film received an eight-minute standing ovation…

The much-anticipated release of new movie Joker is scheduled to hit Dubai theatres this weekend and Dubai Opera have announced a special one-off screening. Joker is played by Joaquin Phoenix, who has been hugely praised by his performance, earning the film an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.

The bane of Batman’s existence since 1940, each new film depicting The Joker has twisted him into something even more creepy. But because Joaquin Phoenix’s take on Gotham City’s clown prince of crime – the drug-addles and tormented performer Alex Fleck – sits outside the DC Comics Extended Universe, this psychological thriller has carte blanche to send The Joker’s origin story down a cackling path of no return. Effortlessly flittering between light and darkness, Joaquin’s ability to fray your moral compass is a testament to his brilliance.

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The Dubai Opera screenings will take place at 8pm on Thursday October 3, and 3pm and 7pm on Friday October 4. Tickets are priced at Dhs60 per person, or Dhs95 a house beverage and popcorn. If you want a free-flow of house beverages with your ticket, that will be Dhs120.

Tickets are available now, bookable on the Dubai Opera website.

If that’s not enough, taking to the stage at Dubai Opera from Wednesday October 16 until November 6 will be Phantom of the Opera. Tickets for the show are available online, or two lucky winners have the chance to get their hands on a pair in our special competition.

Joker, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Thurs Oct 3 8pm, Fri Oct 4 3pm and 7pm, tickets from Dhs60.

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