Find out what’s happening in the UAE this week.
Amazing Dubai, an Englishlanguage musical about Dubai, premieres at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah on October 4. Starring UAE-based talent from different countries, the musical narrates the city’s transformation from a small fishing community in the 1800s to one of the world’s most modern cities. The musical will be Madinat Theatre’s resident show, performed twice a day, all year round. Dh100 for tourists, and Dh75 for children and UAE residents; call 04 366 6546.
Flamenco danseuse Eva Yerbabuena (above) will turn Dubai Opera into her stamping ground on October 5 with her first UAE performance. Yerbabuena, one of Spain’s top dancers and flamenco choreographers, is known for her lightning-fast footwork and for adapting traditional flamenco forms and giving them her own flair; she’ll be accompanied by five dancers and an ensemble of musicians. Tickets from Dh200 at dubaiopera.com; show starts at 8pm. Want behind-the-scenes action? Sign up for the Dubai Opera’s new all-access public tour. The hour-long tours are in Arabic and English (other languages on request). Visitors will be regaled with anecdotes on the performing arts venue’s design, creation and memorable moments from shows, and a peek into the VIP suite. Daily at 10.30am, Dh75 per adult and Dh40 per child.
The theatrical adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s French novella Le Petit Prince (above right) is on at Ductac today. One of the world’s most-translated books, it narrates a pilot’s encounter with an alien child when he crash-lands in the Sahara desert, and will be performed in its original French version at the Kilachand Studio. While on the surface it appears to be a children’s tale, the play deals with philosophical themes and questions of imagination, self-discovery, materialism and loneliness. Tickets cost Dh145 per person at ductac.org; show starts at 5pm.
You don’t need a degree in literature to be well-versed with The Bard’s 37 plays in a mere 95 minutes. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (left), the comedy play running at The Junction from October 5-7, will give viewers a humorous crash course in Shakespearean classics. This adaptation will feature all the elements of the original madcap play that was written and first performed in 1987, such as 100 costume changes, the absence of a fourth wall and witty dialogue. However, there will be one stand-out difference: An all-female cast. Dh100 at thejunctiondubai.com; shows at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Hard Rock Café at Dubai Festival City is rolling out a stairway to heaven with their Led
Zeppelin tribute by Hats Off to Led Zeppelin tomorrow. Head-bang your evening away to renditions of the legendary rock band’s hits from 8.30pm; 15 years and above only. Entry is free.