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
Ferkash Lama Yakash (when Ferkash shrinks) children play is written and directed by Shawqy Hegab
(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 (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 Law of the Animals Against Humanity theatrical show is performed by ACT theatre group. This enchanting tale about ‘animal rights ‘was written in the 10th century by a Sufi group in Basra. It starts with the animals living in peace on a beautiful island ruled by the Earth Goddess, Queen Gaia. After a big thunderstorm, humans are shipwrecked on the island. As events unfold, destruction begins, and tensions rise between the animals and the humans, and the animals go to complain to Queen Gaia. Representatives from both sides present their arguments. Once done they await eagerly Queen Gaia’s verdict. ACT is a group comprised of folks who are passionate about theatre and are committed to sharing this passion with the community at large. Created in 2009 ACT strives to engage audiences of all ages in an ongoing dialogue of ideas, and to encourage cooperative work and lifelong learning as a core community value. Through productions, outreach and educational activities, ACT aspires to use theatre to challenge, thrill and galvanize what is best in the human soul (30 and 31 October, 6pm).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
Helm Gamil (a beautiful dream), a musical produced by the Comedy Theatre Company based on Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece. It tells the story of a vagabond who is touring the streets singing and dancing and suddenly he meets a rich man who is trying to committee suicide, he saves his life and took him to live at his home. It casts Sameh Hussein, Sara Derzawy, Ezzat Zein, Rasha Fouad and many more. Décor by Hazem Shebl, costumes designed by Naaima Agamy, choreography by Diaa Shafiq, and directed by Islam Imam
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 8pm).
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).
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).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Farida play, produced by Taliaa Theatre Company, starring Aida Fahmy is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play Swan Song, written and directed by Akram Mustafa. It is about an actress who recalls the ups and downs of her artistic journey
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7.30pm).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, play produced by Taliaa Theatre Company, is a novel by Victor Hugo. It features actors George Ashraf, Yehia Mahmoud, Mariam Al-Guindy, Heba Qenawy, décor by Hamdy Attia and costumes designed by Naaima Agamy, and directed by Nasser Abdel-Moneim (Performances run daily, 7.30pm).
Lycee El Horreya Theatre
Qism Bab Sharqi, Alexandria, Tel 03 5913794
Qa’a (bottom), a play on the idea of the human existence and the life journey on earth with all struggles it causes for man and his existence. The show is the graduation project of Nogoum Almostaqbal Theatre Company workshop, written by Mahmoud Mohsen, and directed by Mohamed Moursi
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 28 October, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly