The Culture Ministry applies all precautionary and preventive measures with daily sterilization of the theatres in order to ensure the safety of the public, artists and workers.
The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
Nogoum Men Khashab (stars made of wood) children play is written by Hamdy Attia, and directed by Sayyed Rostoum
(Performances run daily, 6.30pm).
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Shababik Attiya play is written by Rasha Abdel-Moneim, and
directed by Dina Amin
(26 to 28 October, 7- 9pm, free admission, open to the public, and due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and entrance is based on first-come, first-served).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
Afrah Alqoba, play produced by the Youth Theatre Company is based on Naguib Mahfouz novel bearing the same name. It casts Abdel-Moneim Riyad, 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 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9pm).
Metropol (The Children’s National) Theatre
6 Halim St, the beginning of 26th July, Attaba, Downtown, Tel 02 2593 3334
Afrakhoush play casts Ahmed Saad, Hassan Youssef, Hanaa Said among others, written by Eissa Gamal and directed by Adel Alkomy
(Performances run daily, 7.30pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783
Lailatkom Saida (good evening) play is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Chorus Girl short story. The play casts actors Mohamed Ali Rizk, Mariam Al-Sokary, Marwa Eid, Nadeem Hisham, written and directed by Khaled Galal
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 9pm).
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Making its world premiere at the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, The One Who Lived in the House Before Me (France/Syria) showcases the work of illustrious Syrian poet Rasha Omran, a pioneer figure of contemporary Syrian poetry whose critically acclaimed writings have been translated into French, English, Italian and Swedish. The show features poems from her 2016 collection of the same name.
A middle-aged woman recounts the highs and lows of her lonely life in a desolate city apartment. Listening to her grim retelling is the mocking ghost of another woman, a previous tenant who watches the narrator’s life unfold with sarcasm and moralizing zeal. The two women’s odd confrontations tell a timeless tale of love, alienation, and solitude.
The One Who Lived in the House Before Me is an oratorio of three female voices who bring Omran’s words to the stage in a bold, multilingual reinterpretation. The writer herself performs her own poems in Arabic, while celebrated Syrian actress Nanda Mohamed performs the same poems in French. A third voice, played by renowned improviser Isabelle Duthoit, sings the poems at her turn in a mystical “language before language.”
Directing this impressive cast is French independent theatre director Henri Jules Julien. The show’s technical director and light plastician is Christophe Cardoen, produced by Haraka Baraka
(20 and 21 October, 8-9pm (Arabic and French).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
Dogs, a play produced by the Youth Theatre Company, starring the second batch of graduates of “Start Your Dream” workshop. The play is written by Gamal Hedeny, décor by Hamdy Attia, costumes designed by Amira Saber, and directed by Kamal Attia
(Performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 8pm).
Sonbol City Theatre
Giza, for tickets reservation Call 16826 or flock to www.ticketsmarche.com
Nogoum El-Dohr musical comedy show is directed by comedian Mohamed Sobhi, discusses the daily issues of Egyptians, featuring around 30 actors and singers from his troupe ‘Actors Studio,’ including the veteran Samir Abdel-Aziz. Co-written by Ayman Feteha, the show’s lyrics were written by Abdallah Hassan with the composition and music production of Sherif Hemdan
(Performances on run daily starting 3 October, 7pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Farida play starring Aida Fahmy is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play Swan Song, written and directed by Akram Mustafa
(Performances run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6pm, free admission).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Gana Hena play is produced by Al-Ghad Theatre. It casts Abeer Altokhy, Hala Sorour, Ahmed Alsherif, lyrics written by Masa'oud Shoman, music by Ahmed Alnasser, décor and costumes designed by Maye Zohdy, written by Safaa Albialy and directed by Mohamed Saber (6pm, free admission).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 14 October, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly