Calm before the storm (hopefully) 

March is going to be a quiet month for the UAE, with only 4 venues offering theatre programm. The good news, the program includes shows for children and families, and also brings variety of genres. We would point out “The King Lear” (National Theatre screening) as the highlight for classical theatre lovers, and the Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival, which reaches its culmination in March with semifinals, finals and Red Carpet Gala. We highly recommend these theatre events!

What will be your favourite event? Scroll down and find out: 

MAESTRO | IMPROV THEATRE | The Courtyard Playhouse | MAR 3, 10, 17 & 24, 8pm | ENTRANCE: RSVP, DONATIONS EXPECTED

*Photo courtesy of The Courtyard Playhouse.

Fast-paced, unpredictable, and hilarious. Ten of Dubai’s virtuoso actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. You score the players on a scale of 1 to 5, and after each round, the players with the lowest scores are eliminated. When only one remains they are crowned the Maestro!Fast-paced, unpredictable, and hilarious. Ten of Dubai’s virtuoso actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. You score the players on a scale of 1 to 5, and after each round, the players with the lowest scores are eliminated. When only one remains they are crowned the Maestro!


DON’T PANIC & STORYTELLING | ADULTS IMPROV’ SHOWCASE | The Courtyard Playhouse | MAR 5 & 6, 8pm | ENTRANCE: RSVP, DONATIONS EXPECTED

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The Courtyard invites you to support our Don’t Panic & Storytelling workshop participants as they take to the stage and put into practice what they have been learning this Spring term.


WHAT COMES NEXT? | IMPROVISED KIDS’ STORYTIME | The Courtyard Playhouse | MAR 5, 12 & 19, 11:30am | ENTRANCE: Exclusive to members*

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We ask the kids ‘What Comes Next’…then we do it! We have no idea if we will be telling one story about a journey of friendship between a boy and his snail, or four tall tales about fantastic beasts – the kids decide everything!
Whether it’s building a spaceship, catching Santa, or battling a Dragon, this is storytelling at its most spontaneous and creative. Based on the exercise by Keith Johnstone, ‘What Comes Next’ teaches children how to act, play, tell stories, and trust their instincts in a cataclysm of creative collaboration!

*To gain access to Improvised Kids Storytime, you have to purchase a membership. More information on the website.


Short+Sweet Dubai | Theatre Festival | The Junction | MAR 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, 7.30pm | ENTRANCE: From 100 AED

*Photo courtesy of The Junction.

The biggest little theatre fest is back for its 9th year in Dubai. Join us for Short+Sweet Theatre 2021 at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue. Watch a collection of 10 min plays each night from January to March which will make you laugh and smile. The event features some of Dubai’s most well-known actors performing some of the best local and international scripts!

March 5 & 6- Judge’s Choice Semi Finals
March 12 & 13- People’s Choice Semi Finals
March 18 & 19- Gala Finals
March 20- Red Carpet Gala Finals


SUNDAY NIGHT COMEDY: THIS IS IMPRO | IMPRO THEATRE | The Courtyard Playhouse | MAR 7, 14, 21 & 28, 8pm | ENTRANCE: RSVP, DONATIONS EXPECTED

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This is Impro is an evening of scenes, stories and narrative improvisation influenced by the audience’s suggestions and featuring the most experienced performers of the Courtyard Playhouse.


SING IT! | IMPROVISED MUSICAL THEATRE SHOW | The Courtyard Playhouse | MAR 8, 15 & 22, 8pm | ENTRANCE: RSVP, DONATIONS EXPECTED

*Photo courtesy of The Courtyard Playhouse.

Sing it is the Courtyard Playhouse’s new and completely improvised full-length Musical Theatre show! Songs, lyrics and dance numbers will be spontaneously created by the cast and fashioned into a full-length improvised Musical extravaganza! Entirely based on audience suggestion and utterly different each week. 


The Divorcees Club | Comedy | The theater at MOE | 10, 16 and 17th March, 8 pm | ENTRANCE: Starting 300AED

*Photo courtesy of The Platinum List.

The funniest comedy of the last 20 years is finally in English, after the two successful French shows in January and February. The Theatre is pleased to announce the exceptional performances of the classical comedy on March, performed by the crew who play this comedy in The US. For more information, please email info@artforall.ae or call 050 8805074



KING LEAR | NT LIVE SCREENING | The Courtyard Playhouse | MAR 12, 8pm | ENTRANCE: Exclusive to members*

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By William Shakespeare.Captured live from London’s West End in 2018, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

*To gain access to NT Live Screenings you have to purchase a membership. More information on the website.


WAR HORSE | NT LIVE SCREENING | The Courtyard Playhouse | MAR 25 & 26, 8pm | ENTRANCE: Exclusive to members*

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War Horse based on the ​beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford in association with the Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company. At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Now seen by more than 8 million people around the world, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

*To gain access to NT Live screenings, you need to purchase the membership. More information on the website.


Magic Phil’s Staying Silly at Sea | FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT | Theatre by QE2 | MAR 26 & 27 | ENTRANCE: From 100 AED 

*Photo courtesy of The Courtyard Playhouse.

Following 5 SELL OUT shows in 2020 Magic Phil is back with a brand new ship sailing adventure! Join the UAE’s Favourite Children’s Magician, Magic Phil as he brings a barrel load of laughs, a plank load of silliness, a cabin full of chuckles and a bucket full of tricks to the QE2 this March! 


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