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 21 February, 9pm).
The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
Sahsah Lama Yangah (When Sahsah Succeed), a representation of a puppet theatre play for children that was first produced in 1963, written by the late Salah Jahin, music composed by the late Mohamed Fawzi and directed by late director Salah Al-Saqqa
(Performances run on Thursdays and Fridays, 6.30pm).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
Hob Rayeh Gai(on and of Love), a play presented by theComedy Theatre casts Rashwan Tawfik, Ahmed Sayam, Donia Abdel-Aziz, Fatema Adel, Maysara and many more. Its written by Sameh Othman with décor by Mohamed Hashem, lighting by Ibrahim Alforn, costumes designed by Donia Alhawary, choreography by Alaa Abul-Ala and directed by Yasser Sadek (Performances run daily, 9.30pm).
Afrah Alqoba, play produced by the Youth Theatre Company is based on Naguib Mahfouz novel bearing the same name. It casts Mohamed Tamer, Samar Allam, Fatema Adel, Mena Nabil and many more. Décor and lighting by Amr Al-Ashraf, costumes designed by Abeer Badrawi, movement designs by Monadel Antar. It is written and directed by Mohamed Youssef Almansour
(Performances run daily, 7pm).
Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Theatre
Next to Balloon Theatre, Al-Agouza, Tel 02 3304 3187
Fatayar Altofah (Apple Pies), a play belongs to the mental theatre and tackles the issue of Adam and Eve starring Tayseer Abdel-Aziz, Ahmed Al-Rafie, décor by Fady Fokia, music by Ahmed Al-Nasser, written by Amgad Abul-Ala and directed by Mohamed Metwaly (Performances run daily except Mondays, 8pm).
Heliopolis Library Theatre, Misr Al-Gedida, Tel 0100 4820875
El Zahr lama Yelaab (when the dice plays with you)play starring comedian Samir Ghanem, Shereen, is written by Ahmed Al-Ebiaryand directed by Tarek Al-Ebiary
(13 and 14 February, 9pm).
Talaat Harb St, next to Miami Cinema, Downtown, Tel 02 2574 5651
Rasayal Ala'oshaq(The Lovers' Messages), a romantic-comedy play about the daily problems that face married couples and lovers; it’s performed by the Comedy Theatre Company.It casts Moufid Ashour, Zeinab Alabd, Reem Al-Masry, Yara Al-Melegui, George Ashraf, choreography by Monadel Antar and costumes design by Heba Abdel-Hamid, music distribution by Mohamed Al-Kashef, written and directed by Mohamed Ibrahim (Performances run dailyexcept Tuesdays, 8pm).
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).
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
(14 February, 9pm).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
Qawaaid Al-Ashq Al-Arbaain(The Fourty Rules of Love), a play starring Bahaa Tharwat, Fawziya, Ezzat Zein, Dina Ahmed, singer Amira Abu-Zeid, religious chanter Samir Azmi, together with the Arab Mawlawiya troupe among others, with dramaturgy by Rasha Abdel-Moneim, music composed by Mohamed Hosni, décor Mustafa Hamed, costumes by Maha Abdel-Rahman and directed by Adel Hassan (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 8pm).
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Helm(Dream), a play performed by Alsohbajia Theatre Company, written by Amany Abdel-Rahman and directed by Ayman Waziry (Monday 17 February, 7pm).
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC's Tahrir Campus
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Marmalade Gumdrops, aplay by Carol Lauckand directed by Leila Saad, explores the imaginative world of 10-year-old Walter K. Hampton. The play is simply set with actors as furniture in Wally's bedroom, yet moves swiftly through delightful experiences with wind up dolls, and old fashioned melodrama, a circus, storytelling, and even a time machine (14 and 15 February, 6pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Sabaya Makhadat Alkohl(Young Women of the Kohl Pillow), a play produced by the Taliaa Theatre Company. It’s a representation of Makhadat Alkohl play which was first presented in 1998. It casts Samira Abdel-Aziz, Shahira Kamal, Rasha Samy, Naglaa Younis, together with Henna artist and singer Satouna and her troupe with décor and costumes designed by Naaima Agamy, dialogue written by Kawthar Ramzi, music and direction by Entissar Abdel-Fattah
(Performances run daily,8.30pm).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Hareem Alnar (Women of Fire), a play produced by Taliaa Theatre
Company. It’s an adaptation of Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. It’s about the life of women in Upper Egypt through telling the story of a mother and her daughters. It casts Aida Fahmy, Manal Zaki, Abeer Lotfy, Nashwa Ismail among others with décor by Mohamed Saad, costumes designed by Shaimaa Mahmoud and music composed by Mohamed Hosny. It’s written by Shazli Farah and directed by Mohamed Mekki.
(Performances run dailyexcept Wednesdays,9pm).
Beram Al-Tunsi Theatre
Al-Gaish St, Al Azaritah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria, Tel (03)5929960/5913835
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, AhmedSiyam, Ayat Magdy. The play is an adaptation of Candide Voltaire’s The Optimist, directed by Islam Imam(Performances run daily,8pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 13 February, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.