Egyptian adaptation of Voltaire's Candide extends National Theatre run, again
Ahram Online, , Wednesday 18 Sep 2019
Al-Motafael stars comedy actor Sameh Hussein, is directed and adapted for theatre by Islam Imam, with music composed by Hisham Gabr

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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