The theatrical performances of Riyadh Season 2022 allowed the residents and visitors of the Kingdom to restore the spirit of the theatrical boom era through creative performances based on international culture, in entertainment spaces whose events are inspired by scenarios that combine a mixture of local and international knowledge patterns and values.
The Riyadh Season activities have paid special attention to Arab and international plays by enriching their traditional form with new experiences aimed at developing theatrical awareness by balancing the heritage of the past and the innovations of the present with exceptional capabilities that contribute to generating new scenarios and creating an effective exchange between the different theatrical schools.
The diversity and universality of the Riyadh Season plays are evident. They reintroduce visitors to the writings of George Bernard Shaw with new additions and innovations, preserving the richness of the text of his international masterpiece “My Fair Lady” and adding a contemporary vision that gives it more aesthetic dimensions.
With the universal character of the Riyadh Season plays, the memory goes back to the beginning of February of this year, to the show “Once Upon a Time”, which is one of the most prominent theatrical works that added an Arab touch to the international play. It was distinguished by its reliance on international techniques and a scenario extracted from dreams and aspirations of the past to produce a distinctive combination of stories of struggle and hope dating back to ancient historical times in the search for self-realization to find the best ways of living and support concepts of building the family and preserving its societal roles.
The show, which took more than 34 months to prepare for, was written by the British “Jude Christian” and directed by “Will Keith.” It dazzled visitors with exceptional performances that combined multiple theatrical types.
Riyadh Season 2022 has introduced new plays of a sporting nature that deal with the biography of Saudi football stars, Yousuf Al-Thunayan and Majid Abdullah, among 17 Arab plays that carry various scenarios of distinctive stories, supported by a set of contemporary playwriting methods and techniques.