Farida play is back at Taliaa Theatre

Reham El-Adawi , Friday 22 Oct 2021

The Culture Ministry applies all precautionary and preventive measures with daily sterilization of the theatres in order to ensure the safety of the public, artists and workers.


The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
Ferkash Lama Yakash (when Ferkash shrinks) children play is written  and directed by Shawqy Hegab
(Performances run daily, 6.30pm).

Falaki Theatre

American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446

Shababik Attiya play is written by Rasha Abdel-Moneim, and
directed by Dina Amin 

(26 to 28 October, 7- 9pm, free admission, open to the public, and due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and entrance is based on first-come, first-served).

The Floating Theatre

Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623

Small Theatre 

Helm Gamil (a beautiful dream), a musical produced by the Comedy Theatre Company based on Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece. It tells the story of a vagabond who is touring the streets singing and dancing and suddenly he meets a rich man who is trying to committee suicide, he saves his life and took him to live at his home. It casts Sameh Hussein,  Sara Derzawy, Ezzat Zein, Rasha Fouad and many more. Décor by Hazem Shebl, costumes designed by Naaima Agamy, choreography by Diaa Shafiq, and directed by Islam Imam 

(Performances run daily starting Thursday 21 October, 8pm).

Metropol (The Children’s National) Theatre

6 Halim St, the beginning of 26th July, Attaba, Downtown, Tel 02 2593 3334
Afrakhoush play casts Ahmed Saad, Hassan Youssef, Hanaa Said among others, written by Eissa Gamal and directed by Adel Alkomy

(Performances run daily, 7.30pm). 

Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre

Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783

Lailatkom Saida (good evening) play is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Chorus Girl short story. The play casts actors Mohamed Ali Rizk, Mariam Al-Sokary, Marwa Eid, Nadeem Hisham, written and directed by Khaled Galal 

(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 9pm).

Rawabet Art Space

3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Making its world premiere at the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, The One Who Lived in the House Before Me (France/Syria) showcases the work of illustrious Syrian poet Rasha Omran, a pioneer figure of contemporary Syrian poetry whose critically acclaimed writings have been translated into French, English, Italian and Swedish. The show features poems from her 2016 collection of the same name. 

A middle-aged woman recounts the highs and lows of her lonely life in a desolate city apartment. Listening to her grim retelling is the mocking ghost of another woman, a previous tenant who watches the narrator’s life unfold with sarcasm and moralizing zeal. The two women’s odd confrontations tell a timeless tale of love, alienation, and solitude. 

The One Who Lived in the House Before Me is an oratorio of three female voices who bring Omran’s words to the stage in a bold, multilingual reinterpretation. The writer herself performs her own poems in Arabic, while celebrated Syrian actress Nanda Mohamed performs the same poems in French. A third voice, played by renowned improviser Isabelle Duthoit, sings the poems at her turn in a mystical “language before language.” 

Directing this impressive cast is French independent theatre director Henri Jules Julien. The show’s technical director and light plastician is Christophe Cardoen, produced by Haraka Baraka 

(21 October, 8-9pm (Arabic and French).

Al-Salam Theatre

101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501  

Dogs, a play produced by the Youth Theatre Company, starring the second batch of graduates of “Start Your Dream” workshop. The play is written by Gamal Hedeny, décor by Hamdy Attia, costumes designed by Amira Saber, and directed by Kamal Attia 

(Performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 8pm).

El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448

(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)

Word Hall  

Ferkash (it’s over), a play performed by Sindbad Theatre Company and directed by Sindbad Soliman (22 October, 6pm). 

Sonbol City Theatre
Giza, for tickets reservation Call 16826 or flock to www.ticketsmarche.com

Nogoum El-Dohr musical comedy show is directed by comedian Mohamed Sobhi, discusses the daily issues of Egyptians, featuring around 30 actors and singers from his troupe ‘Actors Studio,’ including the veteran Samir Abdel-Aziz. Co-written by Ayman Feteha, the show’s lyrics were written by Abdallah Hassan with the composition and music production of Sherif Hemdan

(Performances run daily starting 3 October, 7pm).

Taliaa Theatre

Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948

Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall

Farida play, produced by Taliaa Theatre Company, starring Aida Fahmy is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play Swan Song, written and directed by Akram Mustafa. It is about an actress who recalls the ups and downs of her artistic journey    

(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7.30pm). 

Zaki Tolaimat Hall

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, play produced by Taliaa Theatre Company, is a novel by Victor Hugo. It features actors George Ashraf, Yehia Mahmoud, Mariam Al-Guindy, Heba Qenawy, décor by Hamdy Attia and costumes designed by Naaima Agamy, and directed by Nasser Abdel-Moneim

(Performances run daily, 7.30pm). 


Lycee El Horreya Theatre

Qism Bab Sharqi, Alexandria, Tel 03 5913794 

Qa’a (bottom), a play on the idea of the human existence and the life journey on earth with all struggles it causes for man and his existence. The show is the graduation project of Nogoum Almostaqbal Theatre Company workshop, written by Mahmoud Mohsen, and directed by Mohamed Moursi 

(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm). 

*A version of this article appears in print in the 21 October, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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