For culture junkies across Dubai, March will be a bit of a mad month in the best way possible. Art Week, Dubai Food Festival, and the first ever edition of Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert will take over the city, vying for both our time and our attention – except this editor will be heading north, making a beeline for Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, where some of the UK’s most popular stage performances will be screened in partnership with groundbreaking cultural initiative National Theatre Live. We’ve long been outspoken advocates of just how much Sharjah has to offer. And this just proves our point.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sunday, March 1
Arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream depicts a feuding fairy king and queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities, and transformations – with hilarious but dark consequences. Bonus? Gwendoline Christie plays both Titania and Hippolyta.
Monday, March 9
Three intricately connected stories come together in the timely and moving theater adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, Small Island: one dreams big, one yearns for a new life, and one longs to escape her roots. The result is the crossroads of hope, humanity, and stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history between Jamaica and the UK throughout the Second World War until 1948.
Sunday, March 22
Whether you know him as Moriarty or the hot priest, Andrew Scott can do no wrong. Case in point: his laugh-until-you-cry performance in Present Laughter. Not only does he manage to play an arrogant aging actor in the midst of an identity crisis with impossible charisma, but the supporting characters – his ex-wife, his devoted secretary, and an aspiring playwright – are also brilliant in their own right.
All My Sons
Monday, March 30
Set in America in 1947, All My Sons draws audiences in because of its all-star cast (Sally Field and Bill Pullman), but it’s the relevance of its story to our era that really adds to its appeal. The play explores the lives of Joe and Kate Keller, who despite hard choices and even harder knocks, have built a home, raised two sons, and established a thriving business. Nothing, however, lasts forever and their contented lives are about to shatter with the return of a figure from the past.
Buy your tickets to the National Theatre Live screenings here.