Ahmed El-Sayed, director of Cairo's Comedy Theatre, passed away on Sunday following a long struggle with illness, the culture ministry’s theatre department announced in an official press release.
In recent years, El-Sayed has created several important developments within the Comedy Theatre, the head of the theatre department, Ismail Mokhtar, said in the release.
El-Sayed had been involved in theatre since childhood, first working besides his father, who was a theatre director. He then graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts and continued to work as an assistant director for several years.
El-Sayed wrote several dramatic works and directed a few plays in the later stages of his career. His work also extended to a few productions for cinema, such as assisting in the productions of Al-Irhab Wal Kabab (Terrorism and Kebab, 1992) directed by Sherif El Arafa and starring Adel Imam and Yousra. This led to numerous cooperations with Imam, when he joined the crew of Amir El-Zalam (The Prince of Darkness, 2002) and Hassan wa Morcus (Hassan and Marcus, 2008), both directed by Rami Imam, and starring Adel Imam, the latter one also starring Omar Sharif.
El-Sayed was also part of the production crew of Morgan Ahmed Morgan directed by Ali Idris, in which Adel Imam also starred.
El-Sayed also worked on Makan fi Al-Qasr (2014), a TV series, and more recently on Between Two Worlds (2017).
He was appointed director of the Comedy Theatre in 2016.
El-Sayed's health deteriorated over the past months and he eventually fell into a coma, passing away in an intensive care unit. His funeral will take place on Monday.
Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem extended her condolences to El-Sayed's family and the theatre community, saying that Egyptian theatre had lost one of the creative artists who had presented many outstanding works in the field.
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