Shakespeare in Dubai - guide

Will Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre production of Hamlet in Dubai be any good?

To be, or not to be?” The soliloquy from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is easily the most recognisable speech in theatre. It’s also one that sees audiences flock from all over the world to see the play (and perhaps never more so than when Benedict Cumberbatch took up the role in London earlier this year).

Next year will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, but next month Dubai audiences can see a fresh version of the classic at Ductac, on Saturday October 10. Shakespeare’s longest play tells the tale of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, who returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer. Encompassing political intrigue, revenge, love and humour, the play is one of the most powerful and influential in English literature, with a story ripe for the repeated retelling it has received. “It embodies so many complicated characters and emotions – the conflict of decision-making and the revenge saga – almost everyone can relate to something even if they aren’t acquainted with Shakespeare,” says producer Asad Raza Khan.

The show, part of the Globe to Globe Hamlet Tour, sees 16 actors travelling across the world to perform in unique venues, from village squares to national theatres, palaces to beaches, before finally reaching Dubai. It’s not often the Globe travels the world – you don’t want to miss it.
From Dhs175. 2.30pm, 7pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

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Chanelle Tourish picks three Shakespeare experiences near you now

Starring in Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre actress Rhiannon Oliver leads a series of acting classes focused on the Bard’s plays over six weeks.
Dhs1,000. 2pm-5pm. October 17 to November 21. Suite 1002 Al Thuraya Tower 1, Dubai Media City (04 438 5574).

The Desert Monologues
The six-week course held by this group takes participants through a variety of dramatic disciplines and culminates in monologue performances at The Courtyard Playhouse.
Dhs1,800 (basic package), Dhs2,500 (audition package, including professional headshots and a video of the show), Dhs3,500 (including action shots, extra images, extra tuition and a showreel). October 10 to November 20. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz (050 986 1761).

The Comedy of Errors
The Bedouin Shakespeare Company brings the Bard’s shortest play to Dubai. It tells the hilarious story of the mistaken identity of two sets of identical twins, but at its heart is a dark and moving tale of a broken family trying to reconnect.
Dhs200 (general admission). Dhs100 (students). 2.30pm, 7.30pm. October 2-3. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

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