Renowned Egyptian actor and director Mohamed Sobhi is in the final phase of preparations for his anticipated event titled '50 Sana Fann' (50 years of the arts), in which he celebrates his 50-year career by paying tribute to over 100 artist and experts.
The cast of the show includes some of Sobhi's Actors Studio participants like Abdel-Rehim Hassan, Samah El-Said, Hazem El-Qadi, Nada Maher, Mirna Zakari, Menna Tarek, Mohamed Youssif, Mohamed Said, Laila Fawzi and Anjelica.
Amid the honorees are four culture ministers, including the current minister Ines Abdel-Dayem, a number of producers and dozens of actors and singers, from the late Nour El-Sherif, Soad Nasr, and Shwikar to Nelly and Sharihan.
Sobhi will also pay tribute to all the writers and poets who collaborated with him, including the late Lenin El-Ramly who wrote some of his most important theatre works like Enta Horr, Takharif, El-Hamagy and Weghet Nazar.
Directed by Sobhi, the event is written by Mohamed Baghdadi and Abdallah Hassan, who wrote lyrics for songs composed by Sherif Hemdan. Hisham Kharma produced the night's music.
The 1970 graduate of the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts launched his fruitful career in 1968, performing in 42 theatre shows, 22 films and 25 TV series.
The Actors Studio is a workshop Sobhi launched in 1969 and developed over the decades.
'50 Sana Fann' will take place at Sobhi's recently-established playhouse at Sonbol City, located on the Cairo-Alexandria road near Sphinx International Airport.
Setting a record in building theatres in Egypt, this is the fifth hall founded by the comedian, having built one in Alexandria, two in Cairo and one in Sonbol City.
With Al-Karnak (1975) and Hona Al-Qahera (1985) being among his most important films, Sobhi garnered a huge fan-base through his few but influential series including Sonbol and Yawmeyat Wanis, which aired between 1994 and 2013 with a total of about 300 episodes.
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