The best plays, ballets and musicals of the past 12 months
Time Out Dubai staff
Dubai's best theatre and dance Winner Chicago Broadway’s classic, long-running tale of greed and corruption, brought to life with a razzling, dazzling, foot-tapping extravaganza of feel good show tunes, was performed here by an ace US cast drawn from the production’s official touring roster. Check our review of Chicago here.
Staged by Yak Events @ DWTC (December 19 2013 – January 3 2014).
Highly Commended Dubai's best theatre and dance Betrayal The UAE’s very own Dubai Drama Group proved it could stand proudly against international competition with this gripping reading of Pinter’s poignant tale of love and lies.
Highly Commended Dubai's best theatre and dance The Illusionists This modern day, seven-man show brought magic tricks out of the hokey backrooms and into the modern mainstream, with a mix of card tricks, conjuring, mind-reading – and even a good old fashioned body sawing number for the traditionalists to enjoy.
Staged by Alchemy Project @ Dubai World Trade Centre (August 28-Sepembter 7 2013).
Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour This bombastic MJ tribute show, produced by the big daddy of theatrical show Cirque du Soleil and starring members of Jackson’s former band, brought a packed set of show-stopping musical numbers to Dubai for a 16-night run. Check our review of the show here.
Staged by Duvent @ Dubai World Trade Centre (December 30, 2013 – January 14 2014).
Cirque Eloize There was an urban theme and original music at this inventive show from the visiting Canadian troupe, which mixed special effects, spectacular acrobatics, aerial artists, amazing costumes – and even jugglers – to great effect. Check our picturess of the show here.
Staged by Dubai Festival and Retail @ Dubai World Trade Centre (August 15-24 2013).
The Royal Moscow Ballet staged by Alchemy Project @ Dubai World Trade Centre (May 9-13 2013).
Sweeney Todd Spotlight Academy returned to DUCTAC for the third time in three years with a production of this classic Broadway musical, starring international performers alongside upcoming UAE stars.
Spotlight Academy @ DUCTAC (April 9-13 2013).
Under African Skies For a second year running Barnyard Theatre brought their rousing tribute to the music of South Africa to Dubai, complete with classic tunes and a heart-warming message. Read our feature about the show here.