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 Thursdays, Fridays, 7pm).
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
“And This is Cairo - Season III” play is presented by the Egyptian National Theatre Festival and Ezees International Festival, and the Dangerously Ridiculous Theatre. The play is composed of six short, different plays, slices of typical Egyptian life, and bordering on cliche. Emotional wars on unfair accepted social norms that kill us all slowly. Be with us, a troublesome warrior to fight the cunning and mighty plan to kidnap the freedom and vitality out of youth! Theatrical performance of an hour and a half (with an intermission, two hours), written and directed by Rasha El-Gammal. For precautionary measures, the capacity is very limited and all attendees will be required to wear masks (9 December, 8pm and 11 December, 10pm).
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 on Fridays, 7pm and Thursdays and Saturdays, 9pm).
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
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 on Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays, 8pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 9 December, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.