The Sound Of Music – The World’s Best Loved Musical, Live On Stage In Dubai – Press Release

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The Sound Of Music

The World’s Best Loved Musical, Live On Stage In Dubai

The Madinat Theatre, Dubai, UAE

31st March – 16th April 2016

Produced by John Payton & Lucy Magee for Popular Productions

The Sound Of Music - The World’s Best Loved Musical, Live On Stage In Dubai

The Sound Of Music – The World’s Best Loved Musical, Live On Stage In Dubai

From Popular Productions, one of the most respected producers of theatre in the region comes the celebrated and acclaimed award-winning production of The Sound of Music which will run at the Madinat Theatre, Dubai from 31st March – 16th April 2016 for twenty-one performances only.

Considered to be the best-loved and most successful movie musical in history, The Sound of Music was the winner of five Oscars, including the award for Best Picture. Its soundtrack stands in history as the best selling musical of all time going Platinum more than 12 times. Its landmark score by Rodgers and Hammerstein includes some of the most beloved songs in the American songbook including “My Favourite Things”. “Edelweiss”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Do Re Mi”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the wonderful title song

Based on a true and moving story, The Sound Of Music recalls the touching and dramatic memories of novice nun Maria and the Von Trapp family, united through a love of music and their struggle to freedom as their beautiful homeland of Austria faces occupation, just prior to the Second World War.

A smash hit in multiple countries and winner of the TIMEOUT DUBAI NIGHTLIFE AWARD for Best Theatrical Production, this lavish production features a stellar cast and orchestra from London’s West End alongside talented UAE performers. This critically acclaimed production is the ultimate feel-good musical and its spirited, romantic and enduring story will once again enchant audiences throughout the UAE.

Returning to the stage in the leading role of Maria is Lucy Hunter-James who previously played the role to great acclaim in Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar. Lucy has performed in a host of musicals in Dubai and London, including Oliver!, Blood Brothers, Sweet Charity, Annie and The Wizard of Oz. Alongside her, Olivier Award Nominated Paul Robinson will play Captain von Trapp. His West End credits include appearances as Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain at London’s National Theatre and appearances Strictly Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall) and High Society (Shaftesbury Theatre).

Co-starring in the production will be the renowned soprano and actress Margaret Preece in the role of Mother Abbess. Margaret has performed the role over a thousand times in London’s West End at the London Palladium and on tour in the UK and internationally. Her multitude of credits includes Operas and West End musicals. Christopher Blades will play Max Detweiler. He has appeared in the West End productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Street Scene and has a host of operatic credits to his name all around the world.

Further cast includes: Katherine Glover as Liesl (Avenue Q/ Seussical), Kara Lane as Baroness Elsa Schraeder (Evita/Anything Goes/Oklahoma) and Matt Parsons as Rolf. Playing the all-important von Trapp children are a fantastic team of talented Dubai performers, selected from hundreds of auditionees from all over the UAE.

The Producers of The Sound of Music said:

“The Sound of Music is one of our most requested productions internationally and we are delighted to be bringing the production back to Dubai where it began its remarkable journey in 2011. Once more, we have a fantastic cast and it promises to be a real treat for audiences. The Sound of Music is a brilliant story of an extraordinary family, and this show, in particular, is the perfect musical for families to experience.

The production is staged in an intimate theatre with perfect views of the stage and fantastic sound and atmosphere. It is so important to us that there are no big video screens or seats situated miles from the stage, just great live entertainment for all the family.

We are offering very competitive prices for tickets, with seats 250AED or less. There will also be an ‘early bird’ discount offer and family ticket pricing exclusively for the first weekend of performances. We look forward to welcoming our audiences to this wonderful show in March and April”.

The production previously ran at the popular Madinat Theatre, Dubai where it broke box office records and due to phenomenal demand, was subsequently revived for a second time. It then toured to Bahrain as the headline act of the Bahrain Summer Festival at the BIECC. It was nominated for and won the ‘TIMEOUT DUBAI NIGHTLIFE AWARD for Best Theatrical Production’. In 2014 it toured to the newly built 2300 seat QNCC theatre in Doha, Qatar where it played to packed houses.

The Sound of Music is produced by John Payton and Lucy Magee for Popular Productions. It is directed and musically staged by John Payton, with musical direction by Philip Shute, set design by Cleo Pettit & John Payton, lighting by Paul Gould, costumes by Anna Saunders, sound by David Gates and dance choreography by Scott Marshall.

Partnering with The Sound of Music is: 7 Days (Official Newspaper), Radio 2 (Official Radio Station), Timeout Dubai (Official Magazine), (Online Partner) and IBS Stage Sets (Technical Partner).

Official website:





Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

Directed and Musically Staged by JOHN PAYTON

Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

Performance Information


Thursday 31st March – Saturday 16th April 2016

The Madinat Theatre, SOUK Madinat Jumeirah

Tickets can be booked online at:

Or in person at the Theatre box office, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Ticket Prices:





Popular Productions is an international producer of quality theatre and entertainment with over thirty major productions to its name.  Based in London and Dubai its producers are Lucy Magee & John Payton.

In 2015 the company produced ‘The Woman in Black’ and ‘Annie’ at the Madinat Theatre, Dubai to great success. Before this they presented ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Qatar National Convention Centre Doha to much acclaim. This followed hit productions of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and  ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ both in Dubai at the Madinat Theatre. Preceding this was a Middle East tour of ‘The Woman in Black’ at the ‘First Group Theatre’ in Dubai and the ‘Al Jaheli Theatre’ in Abu Dhabi.

Other theatre includes: the Timeout Dubai Nightlife Award winning production of ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Bahrain Summer Festival, BIECC and ‘Oliver!’ (First Group Theatre); The UAE premiere of Stephen King’s horror ‘Misery’ starring TV and West End’s Darren Day and Yvonne O’Grady (First Group Theatre), The 2011 record-breaking sell out production of ‘The Sound of Music’ (First Group Theatre), the Middle East premiere of Disney’s new musical ‘Camp Rock’ (First Group Theatre), ‘When Harry Met Sally’ (First Group Theatre, ‘Fame the Musical’ (First Group Theatre), ‘Blood Brothers’, (First Group Theatre), ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (First Group Theatre)’ ‘Stones in His Pockets’ (First group Theatre & Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), ‘Disney High School Musical 2’ (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC),

‘Annie’ (Madinat Theatre),‘Disney High School Musical’ (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), ‘Blues Brothers Unlimited’(Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), John Godber’s comedy ‘Teechers’ and Neil Simon’s comedy musical ‘They’re Playing Our Song’ (Madinat Theatre), Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, (Madinat Theatre), The hit London revival of the West End comedy musical ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’, (London and Dubai), John Osborne’s classic play ‘Look Back in Anger’ (Madinat Theatre) and the critically acclaimed production of Stephen King’s thriller ‘Misery’ which starred Susan Penhaligon and Michael Praed (Kings Head Theatre, London).


Lucy Magee 
Producer and Company Manager
Popular Productions Ltd
London – Dubai
M: +971 (0)55 565 7677 UAE
M: +44 (0)7812 859767
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