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. It casts Yehia El-Fakharany, Eyad Nassar, Carmen Seliman, Mohamed El-Sharnouby
(9, 16, 23, 24, 25 and 31 December, 9pm).
Italian Cultural Institute
3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791
Love is Blind one-act play tackles the issue that love is blind because it sees with the heart, but will love be able to see beyond deception? Love is blind is a unique act that the pupil Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein wrote in Arabic and then translated and staged in Italian, in collaboration with his fellow students from Al-Azhar University and Ain Shams University. The project was presented as part of the Week of the Italian language in the world 2022. The show is in Italian, it’s about one hour (14 December, 5pm).
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
(8, 9, 10 December, 8pm).
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
The Beloved play (9 and 10 December, 8pm).
Al Ascenser (The elevator), a one-act play performed by Kenoma Theatre Company, is telling the story of two assassins awaiting their next assignment in a basement. However, as they wait, uncanny events happen making them choose whether or not they should question their purpose in the basement. This play is an adaptation of The Dumb Waiter play by Ahmed El Shamaa and directed by Moustafa Khalil
(15 December (8pm), 16 and 17 December (2pm and 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
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 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Love in the Time of Cholera play is based on Nobel prize winner Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez’s novel carrying the same name. The play casts actors Dina Ahmed, Mohamed Farid, Aya Khalaf, Mahmoud El-Betar and many more, with music composed by Walid El-Shahawi, lighting designed by Ezz Helmy, décor built up by Mina Reda, new theatrical vision by Mina Bebawy and directed by Al-Said Mansy (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays until 22 December, 7.30pm).
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
The Secret Thoughts and Confessions of the Vespa (S.E.) theatrical performance is produced by Vice Versa Group for Arts and Theatre,
written and directed by Tarek Nader (16 December, 7pm).
French Cultural Institute
30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/3918952
Match of Theatrical Improvisation, a contest between two Francophonic theatre companies in front of the audience who will not only decide the narration of tales but will also vote for the more talented company
(8 December, 7.30pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 8 December, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly