American University in Cairo
New Cairo Campus
Malak Gabr and Falaki Theatres
Antigone’s Law theatrical production is an adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone. Presented in modern times and spoken Egyptian, the play depicts the sadness of a whole city in the aftermath of a destructive civil war where a brother killed his brother, and the curse on the house of Oedipus continues to his children. Directed by Dina Amin, the tragedy is depicted from the point of view of Antigone and the women of Thebes as they mourn the dead and debate issues such as state versus family and civil disobedience versus love of country
(8, 9, 10 November, 7-9pm at Malak Gabr Theatre and 15,16,17,19 November, 7-9pm at Falaki Theatre).
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
Arousty (my doll), a children play directed by Mohamed Nour
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7pm).
Cairo Show Theatre
Movenpick Hotel 6th of October, Giza
Yama fi elgerab ya 7awy (the pod is full of surprises) play’s actions happen in the atmosphere of the exciting Alf Leila wa Leila, the story revolves around Shehata the funny resourceful beggar, that was arrested in a robbery accident and led to Al Moataser who orders his hand to be cut off, but he changes his mind in the last minute and decides to use Shehata to kill the Caliph. The task of killing the Caliph turns into a journey full of surprises, its events escalate and intertwine in a breathtaking manner that provokes laughter and tears, and Shehata is always having a way for every impasse
(11 November, 9pm).
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
The Earth Turns a climate-inspired bilingual (Arabic and English) performance for the lead-up to the COP27 Climate Conference, directed by Adam Marple. Adapted from We Still Have a Chance- 12 Stories for 12 Days of COP27, an anthology of micro-stories created by climate activists, scientists, health professionals, students, and artists from The University of Exeter, Met Office, Ain Shams University, Banlastic, and The American University in Cairo, these stories and this performance were created with the express purpose of humanizing this global problem. The performance is developed in rehearsal with a team of theatre makers (director, writers, designers, actors, and musicians), with every aspect created by the ensemble made to be sustainable (reusable, recyclable, portable, and rechargeable). The Earth Turns aims to draw attention to the human stories behind climate change and to connect an emotional response to an intellectual understanding of the looming environmental crisis. It acts as a centralizing event to a larger conversation, a conversation not only about Climate Change but also about Climate Action. It provides not only an emotional response to the problem but also provides a call to arms toward solutions concluding with a Q and A talk back and audience engagement, led by climate scientists, activists, and artists
(3 November, 9.30 pm).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
101 Isolation, a play casts Abdel-Moneim Riyad, Ahmed Osman, Haidy Abdel-Khalek, Mohamed Mabrouk, Nada Afifi, and many more, written by Ali Abdel-Qawy, décor by Noha Nabil, costumes designed by Heba Magdy, music by Ahmed Nabil and directed by Mohamed Darwish
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 8.30pm).
Metropol (The Children’s National) Theatre
6 Halim St, the beginning of 26th July, Attaba, Downtown, Tel 02 2593 3334
Beauty and the Beast, a play for children casts Bahaa Tharwat, Sayed Ragab, Hanaa Said, Ayman Beshay, Nashwa Hassan and many more, written by Nasser Mahmoud and directed by Mahmoud Hassan (Performances run daily except Mondays, 7.30pm).
Must Opera House
Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6 October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5 – 16828
Anistoona play starring Donia Samir Ghanim, Baioumy Fouad, Karim Afify, Samy Moghawry, Amr Abdel-Aziz, written by Karim Samy, Ahmed Abdel-Wahab, and directed by Khaled Galal
(10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 November, 8pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783
Al-Hafeed (The Grandson) play is an adaptation of author Abdel-Hamid Gouda Al-Sahar’s novel. It is a social comedy about the Egyptian family that suffers from the negative impact of customs and traditions on its members and their psychology. The play casts actors Lucy, Abed Enany, Tamer Farag, Mohamed Mabrouk, Rana Khattab and many more, with music composed by Karim Arafa, lighting designed by Hazem Ahmed, décor built up by Hamdy Attiya, and directed by Youssef Al-Mansour (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 9pm).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
Youssef Edris Hall
Khetat Cupid (cupid’s plan), a play produced by the Modern Theatre, casts Abdel-Moneim Riyad, Nawal Samir, Kareem El-Husseiny, décor by Ahmed Amin, costumes designed by Rabab El-Prince, lighting by Abu-Bakr Elsherif, and directed by Ahmed Fouad
(Performances run on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm and 9pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Leilat Alqatala (night of the killers) is Jose Triana’s play translated by Fathy El-Ashri and produced by Taliaa Theatre Company, and casts Nashwa Ismail, Emile Shawki, Shaimaa Yousry, décor and costumes designed by Samah Nabil, directed by Sobhy Youssef
(Performances run from 30 October to 4 November, 8pm).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Cela (bond) play is performed by the Faculty of Arts theatre company, Ein Shams University, directed by Ahmed Alaa
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 3 November, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.