Al Balloon Theatre
Agouza, across the street from the Nile, by the 26 July Bridge, Tel 02 3347 1718
The Magic of Dreams, a theatrical performance produced by The National Troupe for Folk Music and celebrates the victories of Six October War. It is written and directed by Hossam Atta, and casts actors Inas Mekki, Magdy Fekry, Neven Refaat, Reda Ramzy, Mohamed Antar, Omnia Fathy, and many more. Poetry written by Kawthar Mustafa, music composed by Ahmed Mohie, music distribution by Amr Abdel-Fattah, costumes designed by Gamal Abdo and cinematography by Ahmed Badrakhan
(Performances run daily, 9pm).
Cairo Festival City
King Lear, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece about the aging king of Britain who decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. Unable to believe that his beloved daughters are betraying him, Lear slowly goes insane and goes through a dramatic tragedy in his life. It casts Yehia Al- Fakhrany, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Nedal Al Shafei, Reham Abdel- Ghaffour, Heba Magdy and is directed by Tamer Karam
(No mobile phones are allowed inside the theatre 21 February, 9pm).
The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
Sahsah Lama Yangah (When Sahsah Succeed), a representation of a puppet theatre play for children that was first produced in 1963, written by the late Salah Jahin, music composed by the late Mohamed Fawzi and directed by late director Salah Al-Saqqa
(Performances run on Thursdays and Fridays, 6.30pm).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
Hob Rayeh Gai (on and of Love), a play presented by the Comedy Theatre casts Rashwan Tawfik, Ahmed Sayam, Donia Abdel-Aziz, Fatema Adel, Maysara and many more. Its written by Sameh Othman with décor by Mohamed Hashem, lighting by Ibrahim Alforn, costumes designed by Donia Alhawary, choreography by Alaa Abul-Ala and directed by Yasser Sadek (Performances run daily, 9.30pm).
Afrah Alqoba, play produced by the Youth Theatre Company is based on Naguib Mahfouz novel bearing the same name. It casts Mohamed Tamer, Samar Allam, Fatema Adel, Mena Nabil and many more. Décor and lighting by Amr Al-Ashraf, costumes designed by Abeer Badrawi, movement designs by Monadel Antar. It is written and directed by Mohamed Youssef Almansour
(Performances run daily, 7pm).
Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Theatre
Next to Balloon Theatre, Al-Agouza, Tel 02 3304 3187
Fatayar Altofah (Apple Pies), a play belongs to the mental theatre and tackles the issue of Adam and Eve starring Tayseer Abdel-Aziz, Ahmed Al-Rafie, décor by Fady Fokia, music by Ahmed Al-Nasser, written by Amgad Abul-Ala and directed by Mohamed Metwaly (Performances run daily, 8pm).
Heliopolis Library Theatre, Misr Al-Gedida, Tel 0100 4820875
El Zahr lama Yelaab (when the dice plays with you) play starring comedian Samir Ghanem, Shereen, is written by Ahmed Al-Ebiary and directed by Tarek Al-Ebiary
(6 and 7 February, 9pm).
Talaat Harb St, next to Miami Cinema, Downtown, Tel 02 2574 5651
Rasayal Ala'oshaq (The Lovers' Messages), a romantic-comedy play about the daily problems that face married couples and lovers; it’s performed by the Comedy Theatre Company. It casts Moufid Ashour, Zeinab Alabd, Reem Al-Masry, Yara Al-Melegui, George Ashraf, choreography by Monadel Antar and costumes design by Heba Abdel-Hamid, music distribution by Mohamed Al-Kashef, written and directed by Mohamed Ibrahim (Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 8pm).
The National Circus
27 Abdel-Khaleq Tharwat, Cairo, Tel 02 3347 0503
Offering a number of entertaining performances, including clowns, trained dogs, lions and horses
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 9.30pm).
Naguib Al-Rehani Theatre
17 Emad Al Din Street, downtown, Cairo, near cosmos cinema
Tel, 02 25913697, 02 25892103
Garima Fel Maadi (A Crime in Maadi), a play performed by a group of budding actors trained by comedian Ashraf Abdel-Baki, who is also the director. You’ll enjoy two hours of nonstop laughing
(6, 7 and 8 February, 9pm).
1 Shanan St, off Al-Galaa St, Ramses, For tickets purchase and reservation call 16826/ 02 2463 7000
Raia and Sakina Again comic play revolves around the latest story of Raia and Sakina, the different views on their acquittal or their conviction on the murder cases. It casts actors Badria Tolba, Intessar and Hamdy Alwazir, written by Mustafa Salem and directed by Hossameddin Salah (6 and 7 February, 9pm).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
Qawaaid Al-Ashq Al-Arbaain (The Fourty Rules of Love), a play starring Bahaa Tharwat, Fawziya, Ezzat Zein, Dina Ahmed, singer Amira Abu-Zeid, religious chanter Samir Azmi, together with the Arab Mawlawiya troupe among others, with dramaturgy by Rasha Abdel-Moneim, music composed by Mohamed Hosni, décor Mustafa Hamed, costumes by Maha Abdel-Rahman and directed by Adel Hassan (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 8pm).
Sama Sonbol City
Giza, for tickets reservation Call 16826 or flock to www.ticketsmarche.com
Ana Wel Nahla Wel Dabbour (I, The Bee and The Hornet) is Mohamed Sobhy’s new play that discusses women’s oppression in a masculine society. This is the first play to defend the women’s rights and highlight their crucial role in developing the society in a sarcastic manner. It is written by Ayman Feteiha and directed by Mohamed Sobhy
(30, 31 January, 7pm).
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Alhob Almoharer (The Liberating Love), a play performed by Alard Alafdal (the better land) Theatre Company (Monday 10 February, 7pm).
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC's Tahrir Campus
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Marmalade Gumdrops, a play by Carol Lauck and directed by Leila Saad, explores the imaginative world of 10-year-old Walter K. Hampton. The play is simply set with actors as furniture in Wally's bedroom, yet moves swiftly through delightful experiences with wind up dolls, and old fashioned melodrama, a circus, storytelling, and even a time machine (7, 8, 14 and 15 February, 6pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Sabaya Makhadat Alkohl (Young Women of the Kohl Pillow), a play produced by the Taliaa Theatre Company. It’s a representation of Makhadat Alkohl play which was first presented in 1998. It casts Samira Abdel-Aziz, Shahira Kamal, Rasha Samy, Naglaa Younis, together with Henna artist and singer Satouna and her troupe with décor and costumes designed by Naaima Agamy, dialogue written by Kawthar Ramzi, music and direction by Entissar Abdel-Fattah
(Performances run daily, 8.30pm).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Hareem Alnar (Women of Fire), a play produced by Taliaa Theatre
Company. It’s an adaptation of Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. It’s about the life of women in Upper Egypt through telling the story of a mother and her daughters. It casts Aida Fahmy, Manal Zaki, Abeer Lotfy, Nashwa Ismail among others with décor by Mohamed Saad, costumes designed by Shaimaa Mahmoud and music composed by Mohamed Hosny. It’s written by Shazli Farah and directed by Mohamed Mekki.
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 9pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 6 February, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.