The Courtyard Playhouse
The Courtyard Playhouse
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The Courtyard Playhouse Performing Arts Training Center is the first and only dedicated improv’ theatre and KHDA licensed training center in UAE. It is home to Theatresports Middle East, affiliated with the International Theatresports Institute. Nestled in the creative heart of Dubai, amongst galleries and cafes is a warm and friendly, family owned 60 seat auditorium, centrally located near the Mall of the Emirates and easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road. Offering workshops in acting and improvisation for all ages, corporate training and development using improv’ techniques, three improv’ and comedy showcases per week, vintage film screenings, National Theatre Live, RSC Live, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Live, and Almeida Theatre Live in HD.
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The area
Neighborhood: Al Quoz
Al Quoz sits literally at the halfway point between old and new Dubai. At first sight it has little to recommend it: warehouses and factories dominate the area, with some residential areas on the outskirts. Heavy goods vehicles roar up and down the roads and laborers stop at small hole-in-the-wall cafes for a cheap lunch. But it is fast becoming a magnet for art lovers: Alserkal Avenue is a significant contemporary art hub, home to 25 galleries and arts spaces, with ambitious expansion plans. The galleries host exhibitions, talks, panel discussions, auctions, and community events. If you love art, pass by to visit the galleries, it’s a great opportunity to get a sense of art and community in the region and to sit alongside key influencers and artists as they go about their day.
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Bob S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
Mar 2021
I went with a friend for an improv comedy night. I can't claim every single thing they did worked, but enough did that I would recommend it as an experience for anyone in Dubai or visiting and in the mood for something that isn't shopping.
There is no charge for admission - you rsvp and arrive early to secure a place. They ask for donations at the end of the performance and everyone who attended the night I was there seemed really happy to be able to support by giving.
The building is interesting and has a lot of character. The staff are clearly very passionate about what they do and the result was a fun night out. Both of us would return, knowing that the next show will be new every time, even if we went for every show they do - improv after all.
Written March 22, 2021
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rami
16 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
What a place. Makes you feel your traveled abroad. Cozy and very friendly staff. The actors are all very talented, but more importantly passionate about what they do. Highly recommend experience that everyone should try.
Written October 29, 2019
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Ahmed Punani
Somerset West, South Africa11 contributions
Nov 2020
This beautiful theatre offers Acting and Impro' Courses, Plays, Kids' Shows, Comedy - Amazing! The only venue of this type in the Middle East.
Written November 27, 2020
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Pablo hombre
London, UK893 contributions
Sep 2019
The Courtyard Playhouse is a building of great character filled with people of great passion and skill - what an amazing place and highly recommended. Even the story of how it was created is fascinating. They offer many different acting workshops and on 3 evenings a week there are free performances, so you can just go along and enjoy!
Written September 6, 2019
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Kulbhushan A
196 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
It was the second play that we watched in the city. It is a bit far away from the main tourist location. Only worth a visit if you are an ardent art lover.
Written April 24, 2017
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mop003
Dubai, United Arab Emirates66 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
The atmosphere of Courtyard playhouse is wonderful, it's a small but legit theater with red carpeted stairs and all. I loved the venue so much, I felt like I'd left Dubai, and the show (Desert Monologues) was even better! All performers were fantastic and really went all out to put on the best show. This is a great way to spend an evening and escape the monotony of routine nights out. It's an alcohol free place but the coffee is excellent and they sell popcorn too! Don't be late for a show though, you may not get a seat.
Written April 19, 2017
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Thanks so much for the lovely review! Hope to see you again!
Written August 4, 2017
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bolts
Austin, TX341 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Small theater with lots of fringe talent on a budget. Some funny, some not so funny, but worth the night out.

Book seats advance or wait in line for bean bag seats if lucky.
Written February 23, 2017
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Thanks for coming and for taking the​ time to review us!
Written August 4, 2017
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