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Save the date: Upcoming plays, musicals and performances in Dubai

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A number of great shows have been announced in Dubai and if you can’t keep track, don’t worry! We’ve done it for you and rounded up some must-see plays, musicals, theatre performances and more taking place in Dubai until the end of the year.

Get those diaries out and add these to your calendar. 

July

Digital Art: Being Van Gogh

TODA Being Van Gogh

When: Throughout July
Where: Theatre of Digital Art

Learn about the tragic life of the Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh while being surrounded by his artwork. The experience focuses on the most productive period of his life when he moved to Arles in the South of France. It is based on the hundreds of letters that Van Gogh penned to his brother Theo Van Gogh, so there is no fiction involved. Tickets for the performance cost Dhs100 per adult and Dhs50 per child.

Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA), Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, starting May 20, Dhs100 per adult, Dhs50 per child. Tel:(0)4 277 4044. toda.ae

The Laughter Factory

laughter factory

When: July 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23
Where: Different locations around Dubai

Three comedians are making their way to Dubai this July to fill your night with plenty of laughter. This month, Joe Larson, Peter Szumowski and female powerhouse, Kandi Abelson are headlining. Want to know more about the comedians? Read about them here and books your tickets here. Tickets cost Dhs160 per person.

The Laughter Factory, several locations around Dubai, July 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. thelaughterfactory.com 

Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest

the importance of being earnest

When: July 30 and 31
Where: The Junction

The ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ is being performed at The Junction this July as part of the Dubai Summer Surprises. The classic comedy by Oscar Wilde follows two young men who have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. Algernon decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Jack’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and the truth is discovered by the two girls. Tickets are priced at Dhs100 per person but you can save Dhs40 by getting the couple pack for Dhs160. Purchase them here.

The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @junctiondubai

August

Theatre: Scary Bad

scary bad junction

When: August 5 to 7
Where: The Junction

This unique play’s genre is a horror-comedy. The play follows a group of childhood friends as they plan a weekend getaway to a lake house in the woods. However, as they try to escape the stresses of day to day life, they come across something more sinister they have to get away from. The play pokes fun at the cliches that make horror movies ‘scary bad’. Get your tickets here.

Scary Bad, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @junctiondubai

Film and orchestra: Joker

Joker Dubai Opera

When: August 10 and 11
Where: Dubai Opera

Todd Phillips’ acclaimed film Joker is being screened at the Dubai Opera in August and it will be accompanied by a live orchestra playing the award-winning score. The film will be bought to life to create a vivid, visceral and entirely new Joker viewing experience by adding a depth of emotions, textures and atmosphere of Phoenix’s captivating portrayal. FYI: The musician, Hildur Gudnadottir who hails from Iceland won an Oscar Award for original score in 2020. Prices start from Dhs250 per person.

Joker, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. 8pm on August 10 and 11. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Theatre: The Heart of the Matter

heart of the matter

When: August 19 to 21
Where: The Junction

This play weaves together different stories in four different languages, all connected by one theme – the heart. Based in London, audience members will witness four different stories: a couple looking back on their marriage, a man who speaks about the surprising consequence of losing a loved one, a child following his controversial passion and a group of women speaking about the different ways one man has impacted their lives. Get your tickets here.

The Heart of the Matter, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @junctiondubai

September

Theatre: Every Brilliant Thing

When: September 2 to 4
Where: The Junction

A one-of-a-kind theatrical experience and Off-Broadway hit titled ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ is being performed at The Junction. One question is asked, ‘What makes life worth living?’. The answer is seemingly simple yet profound. The witty play shines a compassionate light on the impact of suicide and reminds us of all the things that make life brilliant. Get your tickets here.

Every Brilliant Thing, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @junctiondubai

Theatre: The Wolves

When: September 9 to 11
Where: The Junction

This all-women play follows 11 young girls who are a part of a soccer club called The Wolves as they discuss poignant topics over football rehearsals. Tickets will be available soon.

The Wolves, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @junctiondubai

Concert: No Mercy

 

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When: September 10
Where: Dubai Opera

Marty Cintron, founder and lead singer of American pop band ‘No Mercy’ is performing at Dubai Opera in September. Martin will play his popular music that combines pop, soul, Latin rhythms, R&B, and the Mediterranean effect of the Spanish guitar, creating a groove of dancing and singing to the mix of upbeat and slow songs.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Performance: MAMMA MIA!

Mamma mia

When: September 13 to 22
Where: Dubai Opera

A performance Abba fans don’t want to miss. MAMMA MIA! is coming to the Dubai Opera this September as part of a UK & International Tour. Expect a truly heart-warming story paired with the wonderful music of ABBA. Tickets start from Dhs295 and can be bought here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Theatre: Shakespeare in Love

When: September 23 to 25
Where: The Junction

The play follows a young Will Shakespeare and he has writer’s block. It happens to the best of us, but unfortunately, the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. He meets his muse, a beautiful young woman named Viola who is also one of Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece, Romeo & Juliet.

The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @junctiondubai

Performance: The Queen Experience

The queen experience QE2

When: September 23 and 24
Where: Theatre by QE2

Freddie Mercury fans, take note. On September 23 and 24 the QE2 will be rocking to life with two hours of music by the legendary rock group Queen. Expect hits such as We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, I Want to Break Free, I Want it All, Killer Queen, Another One Bites the Dust, The Show Must Go On and much more. Ticket prices start from Dhs150 and can be bought on Platinumlist. 

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com 

Comedy: Russell Kane

When: September 29
Where: Dubai Opera

British comedian Russell Kane is returning to the city for a headline show at Dubai Opera. The funnyman is known for his appearances on Live At ApolloCelebrity Juice and I Am Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now. Guests are guaranteed unlimited laughs throughout the show, and we imagine after a year of not being able to get up on stage, Russell will be on top form by the time he touches down in Dubai. Tickets are available on dubaiopera.comPlatinum List and all UAE Virgin Megastores.

Russell Kane at Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel:(0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Wait Until Dark

 

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When: September 30 to October 2
Where:  The Junction

The play is set in 1944 in Greenwich Village where a blind yet capable woman, Susan Hendrix is imperilled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers her impairment just might be the key to escaping. But she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller & chilling
conclusion.

The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 338 8525. @junctiondubai

October

Alice in Wonderland

 

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When: October 7 to 9
Where: Theatre by QE2

Join Alice as she follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole on board the QE2 in October. All the characters are there too including the Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and of course the evil Queen of Hearts. Expect a fantastical tale of riddles and rhymes and of course, adventure. Prices start from Dhs96.

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com 

Rock the Ballet

ROCK THE BALLET

When: October 8 and 9
Where: Dubai Opera

Pop and ballet are two genres that you would assume can’t share the stage. But at this dance performance, the two are thrown together resulting in a unique display. The young artists have performed on Broadway, starred in films and even performed on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, so a few of them may look familiar to you. Ticket prices start from Dhs300 and are available here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com 

Rigoletto

Rigoletto

When: October 11 and 12
Where: Dubai Opera

The Saintt Petersburg Chamber Opera production of ‘Rigoletto’ delivers a different take on this psychological drama, where instead of being a hunchback, the court jester is a sarcastic, witty, and angry man, and not old at all. His hump and mask are nothing but a clownish appearance that he wears only at the Duke’s court. Ticket prices start from Dhs300 and are available here.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

Meet The Beatles

 

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When: October 28 and 29
Where: Theatre by QE2

This authentic tour brings The Beatles to life with classic hits like She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and so many more. Special attention has been paid to the musical instruments, costumes and even Lennon and McCartney’s on-stage banter to make it all come together. Ticket prices start from Dhs135 and can be bought on Platinumlist

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com 

November

Performance: Abba Reunion

 

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When: November 10 to 13
Where: Theatre by QE2

A huge ABBA Reunion show is coming to Dubai taking place onboard the QE2 ship. Fans of the four-piece Euro-pop group are invited to glam up in their best disco wear and throw it back to the 1970s and 1980s for an evening of ABBA’s greatest hits. Smash hits such as Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Dancing Queen will have you singing and dancing along as you get taken on a trip down memory lane. Tickets are priced from Dhs135 and are available on Platinumlist.

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com

Theatre: Dial M for Murder

dial m for murder

When: November 22 and 13
Where: Theatre by QE2

Dial M for Murder is a 1954 American crime mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and it is coming to the stage at Dubai Opera in November. Tony Wendice is a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for his wife Margot. However, when he discovers she has been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge and he goes on the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’. Expect plenty of suspense and drama as Tony finds himself tangled in the web of his own making. Ticket prices start from Dhs200 and are available here

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com 

Performance: MJ History – The Greatest Hits of Michael Jackson

MJ Theatre by QE2

When: November 25 and 26
Where: Theatre by QE2

Love Michael Jackson? MJ History is coming to the QE2 in November and it encapsulates the magic of Michael Jackson. The show will be packed with live vocals, costumes, classic Michael Jackson choreography paired with projections and special effects. Expect some of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits including I’ll Be There, Can You Feel It, Bad and The Way You Make Me Feel and more. Tickets are priced from Dhs135 and are available on Platinumlist.

Theatre by QE2, QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai. Tel: (0)58 838 3107. theatrebyqe2.com

December

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

When: December 2 to 4
Where: Dubai Opera

This performance portrays the drama of a woman being reborn through the art of dance. Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy with a focus on the love triangle between Anna, Karenin and Vronsky. Tickets start from Dhs340 and can be bought here.

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Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com 

Dates to be confirmed

Daughters of the Wind

Daughters of the Wind

When: Autumn
Where: Dubai Opera

Daughters of the Wind’ by Pietra and Ella Theatre Production Shows UAE and Sisters Grimm is coming to the UAE this autumn. Pietra will be performing as the protagonist as an Emirati woman and the show will recount the story of a land which though transformed by industry, is instilled by inspiration from the natural surroundings and brings people together to embrace a future of collaboration and community.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com

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