Laughter is high on the agenda this weekend with three comics performing on one night at the Laughter Factory, and kid’s favourite Aliens Love Underpants taking the stage. One of India’s most unconventional theatre directors, M. Sayeed Alam, brings India’s longest-running comedy play to Oud Metha, while The Junction brings one of playwright Tom Stoppard’s most famous parodies to its boards.
Check out our top seven things to do this weekend:
Ghost The Musical at Dubai Opera
A musical adaptation of everyone’s favourite supernatural romance film, Ghost, is coming to Dubai Opera this weekend. Bruce Joel Rubin has adapted his screenplay for this musical, which has been performed in London's West End and New York's Broadway. Since then, it’s been nominated for five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards. Worth attending just for that most iconic and much-mimicked scene featuring ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.
When: 9-13 October
Where: Dubai Opera
Cinema Akil’s Opening Season: In Syria
Dubai’s homegrown pop-up arthouse cinema concept now has a permanent home, and this weekend is showing a hard-hitting drama about a mother trapped in her Damascus home while there’s a siege and a niper outside. ‘In Syria’ has received 12 film awards and been nominated for seven more since its 2017 release, and will be showing until October 13.
When: Until October 13
Where: Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue
Chortling’s no chore with the Laughter Factory
Your monthly entertainment calendar in Dubai isn’t complete without a visit to one of the Laughter Factory nights. Dubai’s homegrown comedy club brings internationally-renowned comedians to the city, and this month you’re in for a treat. The Moevenpick Hotel on JBR is the first venue to welcome the 'only funny man in Germany' Christian Schulte-Loh; Mick Ferry, an man whose humour is as dark as Edinburgh's narrow alleys, so it's no surprise he's a darling of the fringe. Finally, Paul Tomkinson, the rubbery-faced livewire with the energy of a four year old rounds off the night.
When: 11-12 October
Where: Moevenpick Hotel on JBR
The Real Inspector Hound
The Junction, Alserkal Avenue’s local theatre space, is bringing a fine piece of meta-theatre to Dubai’s drama scene. Tom Stoppard's award winning comedy, The Real Inspector Hound is a one-act play, directed by Gautam Goenka. The action follows the comic escapades of theatre critics - Birdboot and Moon. The play, written in the early 1960s, is famously a parody of stereotypical parlour mystery plays, and of the pomposity of theatre critics.
When: 11-13 October
Where: The Junction, Alserkal Avenue
Catch India’s longest-running comedy play
Two plays in one night capture the essence of the Mughal period in India’s rich history: 'Sons of Babur' and 'Ghalib in New Delhi'. New Delhi-based theatre group Pierrot's Troupe, performs original plays in Hindi, Urdu and English. Led by playwright, actor and director M. Sayeed Alam, described as "a pioneer of unconventional and fresh theatre in India", the night promises an entertaining and informative take on the period. ‘Sons of Babur', described as a 'serious satire' is written by politician and author Salman Khursheed. 'Ghalib in New Delhi' a comedy focuses on legendary Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib, has been performed 400 times in two decades, and is India's longest running play.
When: 12 October
Where: Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian High School
Find Out Just Why ‘Aliens Love Underpants’
Take the kids along to this contemporary tale and you might just find yourself feeling highly entertained, too. Fresh from London's West End, ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ is brought to life at the Madinat Theatre by esteemed theatre company Big Wooden Horse. The hilarious 55 minute-long story centres on little Timmy, a boy who witnesses aliens stealing underpants from the washing line. Loud, energetic and heartwarming, this interactive musical features crazy action, original songs and a talented cast.
When: 12 October
Where: Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah
Celebrate the Opening of Polo Season
Winter in Dubai sees a host of unrivalled sporting action, with polo proving highly popular in a region renowned for its deep rooted love of all things equine. Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club's winter polo season begins in earnest today - 12 October, closely followed by the six-goal Halloween Cup, running from 19-26 October. The unmissable Habtoor Polo Challenge Cup takes place on 19 November. Head to the luxurious resort for some seriously pukka chukkas, including the chance to indulge in a family picnic during the games.
When: 12 October
Where: Habtoor Polo Resort and Club
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