x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Shakespeare classic fine-tuned for Dubai

Actor Ellen-Gayle Harewood rehearses during a dance number in Nina Hein’s production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Center in the Mall of the Emirates.
Actor Ellen-Gayle Harewood rehearses during a dance number in Nina Hein’s production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Center in the Mall of the Emirates.

DUBAI // In the house and gardens of Leonata, the governor of Jumeirah, a comedic love story is playing out. The Dubai Drama Group's adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing began a three-night run yesterday at the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC).

Nina Hein, the director, said the group staged the classic play in response to a growing appetite for theatre in the UAE.

Ms Hein hoped the updated 17th century play would resonate with audiences in the UAE. "There is a love story, an arranged marriage and a real mix of characters … I think people will connect with it."

In the DUCTAC show Leonato, governor of Messina, becomes Leonata, played by Lucasta Cummings, a pregnant mother from the UK. "It is a story we will all recognise," she said. "It is about love, betrayal and misunderstanding."

"Nina has made the play very light and playful," said Alexandra Vareno, who plays Balthazar. "We all have fun and I think that will translate to the audience,"

Tickets are available for Dh100 through DUCTAC at 04.341.4777.

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