If you're a fan of Broadway, then we've got some hugely exciting news for you from Dubai Opera.
Worldwide hit Phantom of the Opera is coming to the city next year, and it's going to be spectacular.
It will be on from next autumn, with final dates still to be announced, with tickets on sale after Christmas. However, you can register for tickets from tomorrow (Thursday December 13) on the Dubai Opera website.
It’s the second-longest running West End musical after Les Miserables, which showed at Dubai Opera in 2016. Phantom opened in New York in 1998 and is the longest running show in Broadway history.
Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, the production captured the attention of theatre and musical fans worldwide.
Many actors have taken on the role, which was launched in the West End by Some Mothers Do ’Av ’Em star Michael Crawford. Lloyd Webber’s wife Sarah Brightman took the role of Christine. The pair reprised their roles in the original Broadway cast. At the Royal Albert Hall 25th Anniversary show, Ramin Karimloo played the part of the Phantom.
It's been a brilliant year for theatre fans at Dubai Opera, with a series of hit shows including The Magic Flute, Carmen and Ghost The Musical taking to the stage.
Next year, the Downtown venue will be hosting its first ever play, Othello, following the production's critically acclaimed tour in London.
The production, reimagined and directed by Richard Twyman, will be performed in January 2019.
And in March hit Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live is coming to Dubai Opera too.
It's heading here straight from London’s West End after more than 4,000 performances, and we can't wait to hear the classic beats of ABC, Bad and (of course) Thriller.
The Opera also recently announced three brand-new acts coming in 2019, including top name Jake Bugg.
The British musician will be making his way to Dubai along with South African rocker Ard Matthews and rock band Watershed, and London’s West End tribute to George Michael, Fastlove.
This side of the year, there's still plenty to see. This evening, check out The Nutcracker and I, which is a new take on the much-loved tale through an incredible fusion of reality and technology.
Then, for the rest of the week is Jingle Bell Favourites. With morning, matinée and evening performances, expect live entertainment, delicious Christmas treats from the Opera Café, dancing in aisles and singing to top tunes including Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, Let It Snow and more.
Or you can head for the New Year's Eve Black and White Party, which will offer live entertainment all night, plus spectacular fireworks and water fountain shows at the foot of the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.
We can't wait to take our seats.
Autumn 2019. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.