THE SHOWS MUST GO ON

Friday - - The Leisure Charts -

How would Shake­speare’s tragedy Mac­beth have played out if it were set in the mod­ern-day UAE? You don’t have to won­der – theatre com­pany Shake­speare Un­der the Stars is per­form­ing a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Scot­tish play (pic­tured, right) at Abu Dhabi Na­tional Theatre today and tomorrow. Royal Scot­tish clans are re­placed by ruth­less cor­po­rate tribes, but the univer­sal strug­gle for power re­mains the same. Part of the UK and UAE’s 2017 Year of Cre­ative Col­lab­o­ra­tion ini­tia­tive, it has an all-fe­male cast of Bri­tish and Emi­rati ac­tresses, and the au­di­ence can roam freely around the stage and set and in­ter­act with per­form­ers. Mac­beth will move on to The Junc­tion, Dubai from April 21-22 and Aj­man Cul­tural Cen­tre on April 28-29. Tick­ets from Dh110 at tixbox.com.

The Sharmila Dance Ex­trav­a­ganza show (pic­tured, above) is back for its 17th edi­tion on April 21 and 22 at Duc­tac. The multi-genre dance show by Dubai-based chore­og­ra­pher Sharmila Kamte will have hip-hop, con­tem­po­rary, Latin and clas­si­cal bal­let per­for­mances by more than 200 dancers. This year watch out for a spe­cial piece called Un­der­ground – a con­tem­po­rary per­for­mance where dancers move to the tunes of a live per­former in a Metro sta­tion. Shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; tick­ets from Dh165 at duc­tac.org.

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