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.
American University in Cairo
New Cairo Campus
Piece of Mind is a bilingual (Arabic & English) theatrical performance of five original 10-minute plays about mental health, created by the AUC community. It’s written by Omar Omar, Zeina Shalaby, Nour Coptan, Jillian Campana, Youssef Omran, and directed by Noah Abdel-Razek. Set and costume design by Meredith Boring, light design by Sherif Elk-Daly. The plays focus on specific issues relating to mental health and well-being, including body image, grief, ADHD, social media anxiety and depression
(Performances run from 21 to 23 February and from 26 to 28 February, 7pm, tickets are free).
El-Sheikh Zayed, 6 October, Giza
Charlie, The Universal Citizen, a musical play that revolves around the life of one of the most famous cinema actors in the world, Charlie Chaplin and the extent of his influence on the international film industry. The play tells his story from its human side, and sheds light on the stages and difficulties that he overcame in his journey and artistic career. It’s written to the stage by Medhat El-Adl and directed by Ahmed El-Bohy (24 February. 9pm).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
Helmak Aalena play is performed by the third batch of graduates of “Start Your Dream” workshop, produced by the Youth Theatre and directed by Abeer Lotfy
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7pm).
Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Theatre
Next to Balloon Theatre, Al-Agouza, Tel 02 3304 3187
Akher Rosasa (the last bullet) play casts Tarek Sharaf, Maye Reda, Mohamed Diab, Inas El-Masry and many more with music by Hisham Taha, décor by Mohamed Hashem, written by Ali Abdel-Naby and directed by Sherif Sobhy (Performances run daily, 7pm).
Metropol (The Children’s National) Theatre
6 Halim St, the beginning of 26th July, Attaba, Downtown, Tel 02 2593 3334
Beauty and the Beast, a play for children casts Bahaa Tharwat, Sayed Ragab, Hanaa Said, Ayman Beshay, Nashwa Hassan and many more, written by Nasser Mahmoud and directed by Mahmoud Hassan (Performances run daily except Mondays, 7.30pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783
Al-Hafeed (The Grandson) play is an adaptation of author Abdel-Hamid Gouda Al-Sahar’s novel. It is a social comedy about the Egyptian family that suffers from the negative impact of customs and traditions on its members and their psychology. The play casts actors Lucy, Abed Enany, Tamer Farag, Mohamed Mabrouk, Rana Khattab and many more, with music composed by Karim Arafa, lighting designed by Hazem Ahmed, décor built up by Hamdy Attiya, and directed by Youssef Al-Mansour (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 9pm).
Qasr El Nile Theatre
Qasr El Nile St, Downtown, Giza
Wala Fel Ahlam (beyond your dreams), a romantic comedy written by Ibrahim Maurice, with décor designed by Mohamed El-Gharabawy, dance shows choreographed by Sally Ahmed, costumes designed by Marwa Aouda, and directed by Hany Afify. The actions take place in the 60’s. Two brothers create a chemical potion allowing them to escape reality and reach their wildest dreams (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 2 February to 19 March, 8pm).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
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 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Love in the Time of Cholera play is based on Nobel prize winner Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez’s novel carrying the same name. The play casts actors Dina Ahmed, Mohamed Farid, Aya Khalaf, Mahmoud El-Betar and many more, with music composed by Walid El-Shahawi, lighting designed by Ezz Helmy, décor built up by Mina Reda, new theatrical vision by Mina Bebawy and directed by Al-Said Mansy (Performances run daily until 4 March, 7.30pm).
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Beit Rose (the house of rose), play is produced by Taliaa Theatre
starring Sally Said, Nadia Hassan, Samah Selim, Haggar Hatem, décor and costumes designed by Heba El-Komy, music composed by Rafiq Youssef, written and directed by Mahmoud Gamal Hedeny
(Performances run daily, 7.30pm).
Anfoushy Cultural Centre
1 Raas Alteen Palace St, Algomrok district, Tel (03) 4804805
Almalak Hammam wa Aasabet Aldabaa (King Hammam and the gang of hyenas) play is produced by Alexandria Theatre Company starring Reda Edris, Ibrahim El-Mallah, Mohamed Gaber, and children Mariam Ehab, Lara Adel, Nourseen, written and directed by Ehab Mabrouk (Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7.30pm).
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Friday ESFA Night theatrical performance is performed by ESFA Group for Theatrical Arts and ESFA band, and directed by Monzer El-Fakharany (24 February, 7pm).
* A version of this article appears in print in the 23 February, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly