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


Comedian Jimmy Carr adds third Dubai date: 'I'm desperate to get back on stage'

Last month, it was announced that British comedian Jimmy Carr was set to perform in Dubai for two nights as part of the DXBLaughs Comedy show series.The shows quickly sold out, and today organisers have announced a third date.The comic, best known for presenting UK comedy panel shows, including 8


Japan's Kabuki Theater Resumes, Socially Distanced, after Coronavirus Hiatus

Japan’s stately traditional kabuki theater resumed performances on Saturday after a five-month break due to the novel coronavirus, with musicians in masks, actors farther apart on stage and only half the usual number of seats. The re-opening of Tokyo’s famed Kabukiza Theater, which ca


Jordan to open its first drive-in theatre

Jordan’s Amman International Film Festival (AIFF) has announced this week that the event will open its first drive-in cinema in the country.The festival also revealed new dates for its inaugural edition that has been postponed due to the global restrictions imposed amid the coronavirus pandemi


La Scala announces fall season as cultural life resumes

The famed La Scala opera house on Monday announced a fall program of concerts and ballets aimed as a signal of confidence that European cultural life can resume in full following the coronavirus lockdowns, and in support of artists who were left out of work during the shutdowns.La Scala’s mu


Shakespeare's Globe theatre calls for urgent funds to avoid insolvency

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has called for urgent funding to avoid going out of business due to the "devastating" impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The London venue has been shut since 20 March and has warned MPs it is "critically vulnerable and at risk of closure in the wake of Covid-19". It sa


Michael Jackson musical postpones its Broadway debut

A stage musical about Michael Jackson has pushed its Broadway debut until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Preview performances of “MJ” are now set to begin in March 2021 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical — previously called “Don’t Stop ’Til You Ge


Royal Court invites audiences online to experience its empty space

When theatres were forced to close their doors because of the coronavirus outbreak, set designs were left intact in empty auditoriums. The Royal Court in London has hit upon an intriguing idea to enable the public to virtually visit its Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, which shut during the run of EV Cro


The show can't go on! How much will Italian actors, companies and theatres lose?

  Theatre is an art made for an audience. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, however, Italian theatres have brought down the curtain until at least April 3rd, with shows cancelled in peak season. Entire festivals have been axed and it is impossible for theatres to postpone dates due to scheduling




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