For the second time, the National Theatre has extended the staging of Al-Motafael (The Optimist) for an additional two weeks. The play is the Egyptian adaptation of the classic novella Candide, written by French author François-Marie Arouet "Voltaire" in the 1750s.
"The show has been fully booked since it premiered in July. It has been extended for another two weeks, starting Tuesday," read a statement by the Theatre Artistic House.
Directed and adapted for the theatre by Islam Imam, Al-Motafael stars comedian Sameh Hussein, who launched his artistic career from the theatre and moved on to cinema.
Hussein's debut was in 2002 in Khaled Galal's direction of Lenin El-Ramly's Teheb Tshoof Maasah? ("Do You Want to Witness a Tragedy?"). He appeared in some 150 plays at various private and state theatres since.
In Al-Motafael , the 43-year-old actor shares the stage with Sahar El-Sayegh, Youssef Ismail, Ezzat Zein, Sawsan Rabie, Ayat Magdi, Tamer El-Kashef, Amgad El-Haggar, Zakaria Marouf, singer Mostafa Sami, and a group of the National Theatre's youngsters.
Al-Motafael's music is composed by Hisham Gabr, with poems and lyrics written by Tarek Ali.
Everyday (except Wednesday) at 9pm
The National Theatre (Al-Masrah Al-Qawmy), Attaba
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