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 Thursdays, Fridays, 7pm).
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
The Skin of Our Teeth, a comedic masterpiece by Thornton Wilder presented by The AUC’s Theatre Programme. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Pulitzer Prize winner Thornton Wilder’s birth, this comedic masterpiece spans the entirety of history, with one ordinary American family who lives through it all. The Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey, perseveres through Ice Ages, floods, and devastating war. This play is about fortitude and the fate of humanity, both at the moment Wilder wrote it and this moment now and at millions of earlier moments over thousands of years. And in a thousand years, if people are still on earth, the play will be about them too. With a time-set across the ages, this theatrical allegory captures the human spirit - of brilliance, idiocy, and ultimately sweet survival. The play is directed by Adam Marple, Costume Design: Jeanne Arnold, Scenic Design: Curt Enderle, Sound Design: Nour Ibrahim, Light Design: John Hoey, with
Technical Director: Saad Samir.
(Showing at Falaki Theatre, AUC Tahrir Cultural Centre on 22, 23, 24 November from 7pm to 9pm (Open to the public), Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and entrance is based on a first-come, first-served. To ensure the safety of the AUC community and our guests, we will be applying all COVID safety precautions, including mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, and limited capacity in the hall).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
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 except Tuesdays, 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
Fi Entizar Baba (Waiting for Daddy) play is an adaptation of an ancient Greek Iliad poem of Homer with the application of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s analysis of the ‘Electra complex’, portraying mythical characters in a series of complicated situations. The play casts actors Samah Anwar, Ahmed Salama, Entisar, Moufid Ashour, and many more, with music composed by Ahmed El-Nasser, choreography designed by Dia’a Shafiq, décor built up by Ehab El-Awamry, and directed by Samir El-Asfoury
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 8pm).
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)
Haramiat Algebna (thieves of the cheese) play is performed by New Faces Theatre Company, directed by Mahmoud Mustafa
(20 November, 6pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hal
Toukous Al’awda (Rituals of Return), a play produced by Al-Ghad Theatre Company and Taliaa Theatre Company. The show is inspired by the folk ballad of Hassan and Na’ema and presented in the style of a musical. It casts actors Naglaa Younis, Maher Mahmoud, poems by Mas’oud Shouman, with music composed by Ahmed Al-Haggar, décor and costumes designed by Norhan Samir and directed by Said Soliman
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7pm).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Saheb Maqam (of a saintly status) play is produced by Al-Ghad Theatre Company, in cooperation with the Youth Theatre Company.
The show offers narration, religious chanting telling six stories about five of Egypt’s famous holy figures: Abul Hassan Alshazly, Alsayyed Albadawi, Ismail Alanbaby, Almorsy Abul Abbass and Alsayyeda Nafesa as well as Saint Mary Guirguis. They are all linked through the narration of the munshid (religious chanter). It features actors Ahmed Magdy, Mahmoud Alzayat, Heba Qenawy, Adel Raafat, religious chanting by munshid Samir Azmy, décor and costumes designed by Mohamed Hashim, written by Masaoud Shouman, and directed by Adel Hassan (Performances run daily, 8pm).
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 18 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly