National Theatre hit 'Al-Motafael' reopens in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Feb 2020

The Egyptian adaptation of Voltaire's satire novella Candide, starring comedian Sameh Hussein, has been staged for 90 nights in full house halls in both Cairo and Alexandria


The National Theatre's most successful show of the season, Al-Motafael (The Optimist), has reopened its successful run in Alexandria at Byram Al-Tunsi Theatre starting from Sunday, 9 February.

Being staged for 75 full-house nights in Cairo before another 15 in Alexandria, the Egyptian adaptation of the classic satire novella Candide, written by French author and historian Voltaire in the 1750s, stars comedian Sameh Hussein who launched his artistic career in the theatre before moving to cinema.

Directed and adapted for the theatre by Islam Imam, the play, whose Cairo run was extended three times, is touring the governorates, with Alexandria to be followed by Tanta, Qena and Aswan, before returning to Cairo.

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.

Premiered in July, Al-Motafael's music is composed by Hisham Gabr, to lyrics by Tarek Ali.

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