Hallas, poor Yorick! Please forgive the horrendous pun but we are fairly excited!
Dubai and the UAE are set to pay tribute to William Shakespeare, 2016 marking the 400th anniversary of his death.
Shakespeare in the Sands, a nine-month-long commemoration including film screenings, workshops and monologues by guest artists, will be all about honouring the work of Britain’s greatest literary writer.
A total of 37 short 10-minute films have been put together, focusing on each and every one of his plays, all shot in the exact locations where Shakespeare set his masterpieces.
Highly-acclaimed actors of the likes of Dominic West, James Norton, Kenneth Cranham and Gemma Arterton all star in the films.
Commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe, the reconstructed playhouse where The Bard’s plays were first performed more than four centuries ago, everything from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Macbeth and of course Romeo and Juliet has been condensed into beautiful bite-sized films.
The London theatre had the the novel idea of staging the premiere for the films outdoors, using 37 screens set up along the 4km stretch between Westminster and Tower Bridge.
As for the UAE tour, it kicks off in Dubai’s The Junction Theatre on Al Serkal Avenue, with a 7.30pm screening running from October 20 to 22 and a matinee for kids on Saturday 22 at 3.30pm.
The following plays will be included in this first screening in Dubai:
Romeo and Juliet
The Merry Wives of Windsors
Henry IV (Part 1)
Henry (Part 2)
Timon of Athens
Measure for Measure
A midsummer Night’s Dream
According to initial reports, tickets will be going for Dhs100.
“It’ll leave you spellbound,” says co-owner of The Junction Arjun Burman, who watched the first screenings in London earlier this year.
Time Out will keep you posted on the location and dates of the rest of the screenings across the UAE.