Sameh Hussein’s comedy Helm Gamil on stage in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Aug 2022

Popular Egyptian actor Sameh Hussein introduced his latest musical comedy Helm Gamil (“A Beautiful Dream”) at Alexandria’s Lycee El-Horreya Theatre.

Sameh Hussein


The new run of the successful play launched on Friday and will continue for two weeks, daily at 9pm except Tuesdays.

Directed by Islam Imam, Helm Gamil’s cast also includes Hanan Adel and Ezzat Zein, in addition to a number of members of the Comedy Theatre Company, running under the culture ministry’s Artistic Theatre House.

The show is an adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, which tells the story of a vagabond who sings and dances on the street who suddenly meets a rich man trying to commit suicide; the vagabond saves the mans life, who takes him in to live at his home.

Helm Gamil’s décor is designed by Hazem Shebl while costumes are designed by Naaima Agamy, choreography is by Diaa Shafiq, and music composition is by Hisham Gabr.

The Comedy Theatre Company is currently led by actor Yasser El-Tobgy who was appointed Friday to lead the troupe, succeeding Ayman Aab.

Most of Helm Gamil’s crew members have collaborated before in their earlier hit Al-Motafael (“The Optimist”), based on classic novella Candide, written by French author François-Marie Arouet (aka Voltaire) in the 1750s.

The 46-year-old actor Sameh Hussein, who has starred in a number of successful films and TV series, made his stage debut in 2002 at Khaled Galal's direction of Lenin El-Ramly's Teheb Tshoof Maasah? ("Do You Want to Witness a Tragedy?"), before appearing in around 150 plays at various public and private theatres since.

Helm Gamil has been touring across several governorates since its premiere in Cairo last winter.

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