A Midsummer Night's Dream

May 23, 2023 | Sana Umar Maklai

The UAE has fast become a regional hub for arts, culture and general creativity.  Keeping in line with the UAE's vision to enrich theatrical arts in the country to promote them as a pillar of the cultural and creative sector, Amity University Dubai Theatre will be bringing William Shakespeare's most joyful and popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, to life.  The production will be held on a grand-scale rendition, featuring a cast of over 25 talented student actors.  

Fall under the spell of Shakespeare's most beguiling comedy.

On a Midsummer's night, two young couples find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule.  But, while a feuding fairy king and queen are at war, chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth.  Filled with magic and humour, the story unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers, and they are transformed beyond their wildest dreams.  With a magic potion that grants love at first sight, anything can and does happen here.

A new theatre initiative, Create Theatre, was recently launched by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, which will provide financial grants to theatre professionals amounting to nearly Dh1 million.  The initiative comprises four types of grants, providing financial and logistical backing for theatre-related activities.  The creative programme aims to nurture and empower artists, as well as grow the sector across the country.  

In a statement to WAM, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said, “The initiative will benefit more than 200 creative people working in the field of theatre and help reach more than 10 local theatre groups.  It will allow more than 12 regional and international touring performances to introduce the creations of Emirati arts.  There is a provision for reviving at least 10 local institutions operating in the field.”


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