The highly anticipated Arabic stage adaptation of Elif Shafak’s bestselling novel The Forty Rules of Love opened at Cairo’s El-Salam Theatre yesterday.
The play is directed by Adel Hassan and was adapted by Rasha Abdel Moneim, with Yasmine Emam and Khairy El-Fakharany.
The Forty Rules of Love centres on Ella Rubenstein who starts working for a literary agency and is given a book named ‘Sweet Blasphemy’ by Aziz Zahara, about the ancient Sufi mystic Jalaluddin El-Rumi and how he met and was influenced by Shams of Tabriz.
Ella’s life is mirrored in the book, as she embraces its timeless wisdoms, and gets to know the book’s author in parallel.
Minister of Culture Helmy El-Namnam was present for the play’s opening night, as well as theatre director Khaled Galal, head of the Culture Production sector, Ismail Mokhtar, head of the Artistic Theatre House, and Ashraf Tolba, director of the Modern Theatre troupe.
El-Salam Theatre was re-opened after a year of renovations and security system updates.
Stars of the play include Bahaa Tharwat, Fawzia, Ezzat Zein, Dina Ahmed, as well as the Arabic Mawalweya troupe.
Music and lyrics are by Mohamed Hosny, set design by Mostafa Hamed, and lighting by Ibrahim El-Forn, and costume designs are by Maha Abdelrahman.
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