Michael McIntyre to make Abu Dhabi debut at Etihad Arena in July

British comedian Michael McIntyre will perform a one-off show in Abu Dhabi this summer, marking his debut in the UAE capital. The show, set to take place on July 16 at the newly opened Etihad Arena, will mark the beginning of live events returning to Yas Island. McIntyre is one of the world&rsqu


'Game of Thrones' Play in the Works for 2023

Game of Thrones" is headed to Broadway, its production team announced Tuesday, with plans to bring key characters from the wildly successful cult series to the stage in 2023. George R.R. Martin, author of the literary saga that started it all, is collaborating on the theatrical piece with British


Lithuania's locked-down ballet and opera take to TikTok

Lithuania’s national opera and ballet theatre has turned to TikTok to reach audiences during lockdown, attracting millions of views to a performance of a sea shanty by its singers. The 59-second clip, featuring singers performing in the opera foyer, was watched 2.4 million times on the soci


American comedian Dave Chappelle tests positive for Covid-19

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the American comedian to cut short a run of shows in the US. The actor, writer and producer, 47, performed the first of five planned gigs on Wednesday, January 20 at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre in Austin, Texas. However, on Th


'Mean Girls' musical won't reopen on Broadway

Producers of the Broadway musical Mean Girls have decided not to restart when authorities allow theatres to reopen in New York City, the second and likely not last established show to be a casualty of Covid-19 on the Great White Way. The musical, based on Tina Fey’s hit 2004 film


Opera to return to Sydney after virus hiatus

SYDNEY: The finishing touches were being put on a glitzy show at the Sydney Opera House Saturday, as the venue prepared to host an opera crowd for the first time since March.“The Merry Widow” will open on Tuesday to masked audiences up to 75 percent capacity, in a sign of hope for a pe


La Scala Opera House Organizes Closed Audience-free Concert

La Scala opera house organized an exceptional event featuring stars including Placido Domingo, and Roberto Alagna on December 7, in its closed auditorium due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it would be broadcasted on TV. Milan's famed La Scala opera house announced in a press conference the prog


'Fawlty Towers' star John Cleese is coming to Dubai Opera for a comedy show

TV and film star John Cleese is set to tread the boards in Dubai next month. The Fawlty Towers actor will host a show at Dubai Opera on December 16 that is expected to tickle viewers' ribs. The British comedian and writer, who co-founded comedy troupe Monty Python in the 1960


Nancy Ajram’s new song ‘Illa Beirut Al Ontha’ captures the heartache of separation

Andrew Scott and Ian McKellen were among the winners as Britain’s Laurence Olivier Awards celebrated the best of the London stage in bittersweet fashion on Sunday evening while most UK theatres remain shuttered. Stage curtains came down when Britain went into lockdown in March, and the viru


Cinemas Reopen in India

The films may be old, masks mandatory and the usual lavish menus absent, but Indian cinema-owners hope movie-lovers will still flock back Thursday when theaters begin reopening after a nearly seven-month coronavirus shutdown. After the recent loss of several luminaries, the world's most pro


Cairo Opera House Celebrates its 32nd Anniversary with Beethoven Concert

The Cairo Opera House celebrated its 32nd anniversary on Saturday with a masterful performance on the big stage by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra led by maestro Ahmad Saidi. Cairo Opera Company stars Iman Mustafa, Reda el-wakil, Amr Medhat and Julie Fizi performed alongside an acapella choir. They p


Dubai's The Theatre to screen two critically acclaimed documentaries in October

Two critically acclaimed documentaries will be screened at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates this month. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project by US filmmaker and documentarian Matt Wolf will have its UAE premiere at the venue on October 17 at 7pm. The documentary is based on a pr


Madrid Flamenco Venue Reopens amid COVID Crisis

The passion and drama of live flamenco shows are back on stage in Madrid, but the performers are dancing behind plastic screens and keeping their distance from audiences. Torres Bermejas, a flamenco show venue in Spain's capital, reopened its Moorish-style front door to customers after spending s


Belarusian Theater Directors Unbowed by Coronavirus Outbreak

Theater director Natalia Kaliada said she was working under lockdown long before the coronavirus pandemic, forced to work at a distance with actors and others in her native Belarus after being driven into political exile in London nearly a decade ago. Her ‘Belarus Free Theater’, which


Cinepolis opens its first UAE theatre in Sharjah Oasis Mall

One of the largest cinema operators in the world has quietly opened its first branch in the UAE, at Sharjah’s Oasis Mall. Mexico’s Cinepolis was initially set to open at the new Meydan One Mall in Dubai this year, but had to change strategy after the project faced delays. Al


Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre to return with new format

One of the region’s most interesting independent stage events will return next month. The 27th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre, which runs from September 1 to 11, will feature a mix of both online and in-person shows. To accommodate the coronavirus safety measures put


Masked Singer Australia suspended after seven crew test positive for Covid-19

Production of the Australian version of hit reality TV show The Masked Singer has been suspended after several crew members tested positive for Covid-19. The entire production team, including the masked celebrity singers, the host and the judges, are now in self-isolation, the show announce


Why Sonu Nigam believes he will 'cry on stage' during his Dubai concert this weekend

Sonu Nigam is no stranger to performing in front of UAE audiences, but his gig on Friday will feel a bit different.The world-famous Indian singer is performing at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in a live show demonstrating "Covid Consciousness". That means the one-off concert, titled Sonu Nigam &nd




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