Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment join hands with Sharjah World Book Capital to bring theatrical adaptations of well-known novels

United Arab Emirates, Dubai:  Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment Group have partnered with Sharjah UNESCO World Book Capital 2019, to celebrate the power of culture, performance, literature and poetry to unite people across borders and generations.

The partnership celebrates the Winter/Spring 2020 series of performances staged at Dubai Opera offering theatregoers a complimentary book on the opening night for theatrical adaptations based on novels such as ‘Broken Wings’, ‘Le Petit Prince’ and ‘The Kite Runner’.

Broken Wings

The musical based on Lebanese-born Gibran Khalil Gibran’s 1912 autobiographical tale of the same name will debut at Dubai Opera on 17 January 2020. Gibran Khalil Gibran, the globally renowned author of acclaimed novels such as ‘The Prophet’, ‘The Madman’, ‘Sand and Foam’ and ‘A Tear and a Smile’ was born in Lebanon on 6 January 1883. Adapted for the stage by Middle East duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Alfardan, directed by Bronagh Lagan and produced by Ali Matar, with orchestrations by Joe Davison, the production was originally staged in London’s West End and was a highlight of the Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon in the summer of 2019.

Le Petit Prince

Based on the original 1945 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this new show takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through the heart of dance and modern circus. Set to wow adults and children alike, audiences will be completely immersed in the Little Prince’s cosmic and fantastical world featuring stunning sets, costumes and video mapping technology with choreography and direction by Anne Tournié, adapted and co-directed by Chris Mouron, and with original music by Terry Truck.

The Kite Runner

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

Afghanistan is a country on the verge of war and best friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, the skies are full of colour and the streets are full of the excitement of a kite flying tournament, but no one can foresee the terrible incident that will shatter their lives forever. Since its publication in 2003, ‘The Kite Runner’ has sold eight million copies worldwide. The stunning stage production of ‘The Kite Runner’ is adapted by Matthew Spangler and directed by Giles Croft.

Chief Executive Officer of Broadway Entertainment Group, Liz Koops said: “We are thrilled to bring audiences a rich season of theatrical performances inspired by the writings of great authors and poets. We invite audiences to discover for themselves how the page translates to the stage in the iconic setting that is Dubai Opera.”

Dubai Opera Spokesperson said: “We are pleased to announce this landmark partnership between Dubai Opera and Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 which unites two cultural institutions and brings culture, literature and music to life. We are delighted to be offering audiences the opportunity to see the writings of three greats, Gibran Khalil Gibran, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Khaled Hosseini brought to life, on stage at our iconic venue.”

Project Manager at Sharjah World Book Capital 2019, Marwa Al Aqroubi said: “As Sharjah World Book Capital 2019, this collaboration holds great significance for Sharjah. For over 45 years, the Emirate has been at the heart of the region’s cultural movement and we continue making our best efforts to bring people closer to books, reading and the arts. We are delighted to have played a part in bringing this spectacular offering of stage adaptations of award-winning literary works to local and global audiences.”

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