Mohamed Sobhy celebrated as Egypt opens 15th National Theatre Festival

Eslam Omar , Monday 25 Jul 2022

Egyptian iconic theatre director and actor Mohamed Sobhy was honoured in Cairo Opera House’s Main Hall on Saturday during the opening of the 15th edition of the Egyptian National Theatre Festival that is running until 8 August.

Mohamed Sobhy
Egyptian Culture Ministry honors actor and director Mohamed Sobhy during the opening of the 15th National Theater Festival, Sunday 24 August, Cairo Opera House's Mail Hall

 

Organised by the Ministry of Culture, the event also honoured nine other figures who boosted the Egyptian theatre in directing, acting, and décor, including Sabry Abdel-Moneim, Aida Fahmy, Essam El-Sayed, Nasser Abdel-Moneim, Mourad Mounir, Fady Fokeh, and Ahmed Ismail, in addition to late Abdel-Rehim El-Zorkany, and Amina Rizk.

Presented by actor Diaa Abdel-Khalek, the opening ceremony featured a speech from Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem, Festival President Youssef Ismail, and Festival Manager Ismail Mokhtar — the head of the Artistic Theatre House.

As part of the festival, which is focusing on Egyptian directors, 12 books will be released, e three workshops are being held, and 34 plays will be staged as part of competitions judged by a jury headed by Mahmoud El-Hediny.

Taking place in 16 theatre halls in Cairo, the festival’s free-entry activities include seminars that are available through its website and newly launched mobile-app.

During the opening, a new show titled Ya Aziz Einy — which was written by Safaa El-Tokhy and directed by Essam El-Sayed — was staged. The show stars Mohamed Fahim, Hassan Abdallah, Ibtihal El-Serety, and others.

With poems written by Mostafa Ibrahim and music composed by Haitham El-Khamisy, Ya Aziz Einy is based on El-Tokhy’s book about iconic director Aziz Eid, who is being honoured in this year's edition of the festival.

Mohamed Soby, 74, launched his fruitful career in 1968, performing in over 40 theatre shows, 22 films, and 25 TV series, with many being among the most popular Arab classics.

With Al-Karnak (1975) and Hona Al-Qahera (1985) being among his most notable films, Sobhy was also the creator of Enta Horr, El-Joker, El-Hamagy, Takhareef, Weghet Nazar, and other significant plays.

A graduate of the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts, Sobhy garnered a huge fan-base through his few but influential series, including Sonbol and Yawmeyat Wanis, which aired between 1994 and 2013, with a total of about 300 episodes.

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