Art Alert: Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights to be staged at Cairo’s Falaki Theatre

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Feb 2017

The play is directed by Mohamed Hashem

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Charlie Chaplin's City Lights to get stage performance in Cairo's Falaki Theatre (Photo: part of promotional material by Falaki Theatre)

Falaki Theatre will host a theatrical production of City Lights, Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 silent film, starting 9 February.

City Lights is about the tramp (Chaplin’s iconic character) who falls in love with a blind flower girl who faces eviction. He undertakes a series of attempts, that often fail comically, to provide her and her grandmother with money to secure them.

The musical play is directed by Mohammed Hashem, and promises a live singing performance and special musical score. It will be performed in English with Arabic subtitles.

Chaplin completed the film in 1931 after three years of work. It is regarded as one of his classics.

Hashem is an Egyptian/Australian theatre and film director, poet, and lecturer of filmmaking and voice coaching at the American University in Cairo.

With over 15 years of experience in the field, Hashem trained in Australia and the UK, and has directed and acted in plays and films there as well as in Paris.

His recent production was an Arabic play titled Ubu Roi in Cairo that was also staged in the Falaki Theatre.

Programme:
The play opens on 9 February and runs till 11 February, at 8pm
Falaki Theatre, 24 Falaki Street, Downtown Cairo

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