'Al-Motafael' comedy show extended at National Theatre
Ahram Online, , Sunday 13 Oct 2019
The production, an adaptation of Voltaire’s Candide, has enjoyed great public success since it premiered in July


For the third time, the National Theatre has extended the staging of Al-Motafael (The Optimist) for an additional four weeks.



The play is an Egyptian adaptation of the classic novella Candide, written by French philosopher François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) in the 1750s.



"After great public success since it premiered in July, the show has been extended for another four weeks," 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 Khaled Galal's 2002 direction of Lenin El-Ramly's Teheb Tshoof Maasah? ("Do You Want to Witness a Tragedy?"). He appeared in some 150 plays in 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.

Programme:

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9pm
The National Theatre (Al-Masrah Al-Qawmy), Attaba

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