Othello is coming to Dubai Opera – the venue’s first ever play

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January

Dubai Opera recently kicked off its stellar season with announcements that everyone from nineties band Feeder to the BBC Orchestra will be taking to the stage.

And now we've got another brilliant performance to add to the list, with the critically-acclaimed Shakespeare play Othello coming to the venue.

The production, reimagined and directed by Richard Twyman, will be performed in January 2019.

It is the first time that Dubai Opera has hosted a play and it looks like it's going to be spectacular.

Following a critically-acclaimed tour and London run, the production will be performed over three consecutive days on Thursday January 31 and Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2 2019, with a matinee and evening performance on the Friday and Saturday.

Written by English playwright William Shakespeare, Othello was first performed in 1604 but there have been hundreds of different interpretations since.

It is one of Shakespeare's most contemporary plays – a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

In the production, Venice – a western colonial power – employs the newly-married Othello to lead their army against an impending invasion.

In a society torn apart by discrimination and fear, Othello’s life quickly unravels. Manipulated by Iago, he turns on everything he holds dear.

Jasper Hope, Chief Executive at Dubai Opera, said: "Shakespeare may have written Othello 400 years ago, but the story is nonetheless completely contemporary in so many regards.

"I am so excited to announce that our first play at Dubai Opera will be the English Touring Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of this great tragedy and that world-class theatre can now be added to our terrific range of outstanding live performance."

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday September 25 at midday with prices starting from Dhs150. There is also an Early Bird Offer of 20 percent on the top three seat categories until Tuesday October 9.
From Dhs150. Jan 31-Feb 2. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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