Dhahran - The first international theater opened at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithraa) on Saturday evening in Dhahran, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, as a part of Eid al-Fitr’s celebrations.
The opening featured the Russian orchestra Mariinsky, founded in 1860, who performed on the second and third days of Eid.
Ithraa’s theater is considered an opportunity to broaden the range of visitors by connecting with other cultures through hosting 30 local and international performances. These performances will include plays, circus and puppet shows as well as various musical performances.
The theater contains 900 seats in an area of 10,000 sq. meters, in which both local and international art will be presented.
It also features a movable stage that descends from the main platform to accommodate more than 80 musicians during orchestra performances, as well as 62 curtains, 22-meters long, whose speed may be changed from two seconds to a minute.
The theater will also serve as an educational opportunity by developing Saudi playwriters, directors and actors, as well as evolving performing arts in Saudi Arabia in the areas of entertainment, education and art.
This will also provide young adults the opportunity to participate in workshops on theatrical performances on the stage itself.