Staged in Kuwait (SIK) Productions, the not-for-profit, community enterprise producing theatre in Kuwait, is up with its brand new Season Four with a myriad of shows – from family shows to comedy nights, from an internationally touring 'Hamlet' to their all new Show Choir.
SIK Productions Artistic Director Tim Waddell recently announced their upcoming plans for the year 2015-2016 with a brand new Season Four unwrapping soon.
After three successful, sell-out seasons, SIK has ambitious plans for the year ahead. A brand new pantomime, and a mega, end-of-the season show bookend in a year that includes performances by the SIK Comedy Team, Choir and Kids Club.
"On top of all that, we hope to bring the international touring production of the London Globe Theatre's 'Hamlet' to Kuwait for the first time ever," he said.
To mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, Shakespeare's Globe embarked upon a two year global tour of Hamlet, attempting to stop in every country in the world. The unprecedented theatrical adventure 'Globe to Globe Hamlet', having shown in over 115 countries to over 100,000 people, brings its final leg of tour to Middle-East with 'Hamlet'. A stop in Kuwait is planned for just a night, on 6 January, 2016.
Keeping the tradition of pantomime in Kuwait alive, each year, SIK has performed a traditional Christmas time panto to sell out houses. This December, a brand new telling of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' comes to stage in Kuwait, packed with all the usual panto fun.
The show is certain to be another sell out, playing to almost 4,000 people, and based on last year's audience numbers the split between expat and local is now closer than ever as Kuwaiti locals fall in love with British pantomime.
A selection of the 1001 Arabian Nights stories would be brought to life using a wild and wonderful mixture of live action, physical theatre, puppetry and music, in the summers of 2016.
The production house, which traces back to 1948 Kuwait Oil Company (KOC)-incepted Kuwait Little Theatre and more than a 60-year old history of English language community theatre in the country, has been attracting young and trendy as well as a family sector audience – 40 percent expats and the rest Kuwaiti. Outside of the social crowd, it has also been attracting young women with children trending towards the Western educated graduates who have grown up enjoying theatre overseas.