Cairo Festival City
King Lear, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece about the aging king of Britain who decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. Unable to believe that his beloved daughters are betraying him, Lear slowly goes insane and goes through a dramatic tragedy in his life. It castsYehia Al- Fakhrany, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Nedal Al Shafei, Reham Abdel- Ghaffour, Heba Magdyand is directed by Tamer Karam
(No mobile phones are allowed inside the theatre 26, 27 September and 3, 4 October, 10pm).
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Mama, written and directed by Ahmed Al-Attar, the theatre performance Mama will finally have its Egyptian premiere.
Set in the bourgeois living room in Cairo, Mama is the director’s last play in a trilogy about family. In the living room, which protects family intimacy and welcomes visitors from the outside, and where the women dominate the scene, Mama exposes the complex layers of alternating relationships of power and the morality that generates it.
In Mama, El Attar, delves once more into the depths of the upper echelons of the Egyptian society, exposing the intricate power structures and balances within the family.
It casts Ali El-Sabh, Belal Mustafa, Dalia Ramzy Yanni, Hadeer Mustafa, Heba Rifaat, Magdy Atwan, Menha El-Batraoui, Menna El Touny, Mohamed Hatem, Ramsi Lehner and many more. Language: Arabic and Subtitles: English (French on Friday 13th)(Performances run from 20 to 23 September,8pm).
Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Theatre
Next to Balloon Theatre, Al-Agouza, Tel 02 3304 3187
The Accident, a comic play about a young man who kidnapped a girl and locked her at his house trying to force her to love him back. It casts Mido Abdel-Qader, Shaimaa Abdel-Nasser, costumes by Ahmed Farag, décor by Mohamed Fathi, written by Lenin Al-Ramly and directed by Amr Hassan (Performances run daily,6pm).
Grand Nile Tower
Corniche Al-Nil, Garden City, Tel 16826
Misr Theatre Season four is here! Come watch your loved stars Ashraf Abdel Baki, Ali Rabeia, Mohamed Anwar, Hamdi Al-Merghany, Wizzo, Mustafa Khater on stage in a new play every two weeks
(19, 20, 21September, 8pm and each buyer is allowed a maximum of five tickets per purchase).
Malak Opera Theatre
9 A Khalig Al-Khour St, Azbekiya district, Ramses, Tel 0122 3417152
Metro, a play performed byThe Youth Theatre Company, casts Ahmed Khaled, Sherihan Qotb, Ahmed Aamar, Salma Essam and a group of budding actors, poems written by Diaa Al-Rahman, music composed by Mohamed Khaled, costumes designed by Shahenda Ahmed, lighting by Abu-Bakr Al-Sherif, décor by Ahmed Moro, written by Mohamed Fadl and directed by Adel Raafat
(Performances run daily, 6pm).
Talaat Harb St, next to Miami Cinema, Downtown, Tel 02 2574 5651
Zahret Al-Lotus(The Lotus Flower), a play about the disappearance of the lotus flower and the king’s daughter Princess Lotus who started searching for it. It is written by Tarek Moursi and directed by Mohamed Haggag (Performances run daily, 6pm).
Media City, 6 October City, Cairo
Three Days in Al-Sahel, starring comedian Mohamed Heniedy with a number of rising stars, directed by Magdy Al-Hawary
(3 and 4 October, 10pm).
Naguib Al-Rehani Theatre
17 Emad Al Din Street, downtown, Cairo, near cosmos cinema
Tel, 02 25913697, 02 25892103
Garima Fel Maadi(A Crime in Maadi), a play performed by a group of budding actors trained by comedian Ashraf Abdel-Baki, who is also the director. You’ll enjoy two hours of nonstop laughing
(Thursday 19 September, 9pm).
The National Circus
27 Abdel-Khaleq Tharwat, Cairo, Tel 02 3347 0503
Offering a number of entertaining performances, including clowns, trained dogs, lions and horses
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 9.30pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783
The Optimist, a play revolves around the story of a person who overcomes obstacles and social illnesses to reach his goal through the merit of optimism. It casts Sameh Hussein, Sahar Al-Saygh, Ahmed Siyam, Ayat Magdy. The play is an adaptation of Candide Voltaire’sThe Optimist, directed by Islam Imam
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 9pm).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
Bint Arabi Opera, a theatrical performance produced by Al-Shams Theatre Company for talents with special abilities starring Maher Mahmoud, Alaa Qouqa, Nehad Abdel-Fattah and Yasmine Farag, costumes by Amira Saber, written by Yasmine Farag and directed by Hisham Ali (Performances run daily, 8.30pm).
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Altagreba(The Experience), a play performed by Kawabees Eskendria Theatre company (Monday 23 September, 7pm).
Beram Al-Tunsi Theatre
Al-Gaish St, Al Azaritah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria, Tel (03)5929960/5913835
Hammam Al-Sett, a play starring Nada Bassiouni, Mohamed Ezz, Ziyad Youssef, Alaa Zeinhom, Islam Salahamong others. Shows aredesigned by Mohamed Mezo, written and directed by Gamal Yaqout (Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 9pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 19 September, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.