The cultural activities have started gradually to reopen in the country.The reopening has included theatres, museums, galleries, national circus, which operate under the culture ministry. In its first stage, the resumption of activities will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity across all venues.
The ministry applies all precautionary and preventive measures with daily sterilization of the theatres in order to ensure the safety of the public, artists and workers.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Mon 27, Tues 28, Wed 29 (time not confirmed): Al-Touq wa Al-Aswara (The Necklace and the Bracelet), a play produced byTaliaa TheatreCompany starring Fatema Mohamed Ali, Martina Adel, Mahmoud Al-Zayat and many more. It is an adaptation of Yehia Al-Taher Abdullah's novel with dramaturgy by Sameh Mahran and directed by Nasser Abdel-Moneim
The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
Farkash Lashkash, Misr Station and Rehlat Al-Zaman Al-Gamil (A Journey to the Good Time), a children play about some children who travel to the Pharaonic era written by Yehia Zakaria, puppets and costumes by Nagui Shaker, décor by Mohamed Saad and directed by Mohamed Nour
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 6.30pm).
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
Afrah Al Koba(Performances run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7.30pm).
Al-Hanager Arts Centre
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 6861
Al-Hanager Centre Square
Thur16, Fri 17, Sat 18, Mon 20, 7pm: Al- Laila Al Kebeira produced by the Cairo Puppet Theatre Company. Albakheel(The Miser), a play based on Molière’s work. It casts Ashraf Tolba, Mahmoud Metwali, Suzanne Medhat, Noran Abdel-Hamid and many more. Décor by Rania Al-Dakhakhny, costumes designed by Nardeen Emad, shows choreographed by Sherly Ahmed, and directed by Khaled Hassouna.
Mon 20 and Tues 21, 7pm: Kaanak Tarah (As If You See Him).
Sun 26 and Mon 27, 7pm: Otrouk Anfy Min Fadlak (Please Leave My Nose) play produced by Al-Hanager Centre.
Metropol (The Children’s National) Theatre
6 Halim St, the beginning of 26th July, Attaba, Downtown, Tel 02 2593 3334
Al Qatat (The Cats), a play for children casts Merna Walid, Sayed Ragab, Mahmoud Hassan written by Safwat Zeinhom and directed by Safwat Sobhy and the Araguz Tales play (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 7pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783
The Optimist, a play revolves around the story of a person who overcomes obstacles and social illnesses to reach his goal through the merit of optimism. It casts Sameh Hussein, Sahar Al-Saygh, AhmedSiyam, Ayat Magdy. The play is an adaptation of Candide Voltaire’s The Optimist, directed by Islam Imam
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 7.30pm).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
My Father Under the Treeplay isperformed bythe Modern Theatre Company (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Kaanak Tarah (As If You See Him) andNouh Al-Hamam(Cry of the Pigeons), a play casts Sawsan Rabie, Yasser Ezzat, Nashwa Hassanand Ahmed Magdy, written and directed by Akram Mustafaplays
(Performances run on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays, 9pm).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Hareem Alnar (Women of Fire).It’s an adaptation of Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba and Yaoum An Qatalu Al-Ghenaa(The Day They Killed Singing) a play on the struggle between two brothers in their journey of searching for the secret of existence and the secret of universe
(Performances run on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays, 9pm).
The Ministry of Culture’s electronic initiative “Stay at Home:
Culture in Your Hands” continues the theatrical initiative, “Laugh, Think, Know”
held within the framework of the E-initiative “Stay at Home:
Culture in Your Hands” to be broadcast every Thursday at 11pm on the ministry’s YouTube channel.The initiative rediscovers the international masterpieces with the participation of some Egyptian theatre icons including stage directors Galal Al Sharqawi, Samir Alasfoury, Sanaa Shafei, Essam Alsayed, Fahmy Alkhouly. The initiative aims at presenting ten recorded plays as a first stage photographed by Ayman Mustafa, the plays are inspired by the short stories of the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Eachplay is between 20 to 50 minutes. The shows contain an explanation of the principles of Chekhovand analysis of the significance of the plays in order to achieve the goal of the initiative.
Thurs 16, 11pm: Farha (Joy) play, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Joy starring Leqaa Swedan, Yasser Sadek, Youssef Mourad, décor by Mohamed Hashem, directed by Mourad Mounir. Commenting on the show Director of the High Institute of Theatre’sCriticism Department Mustafa Selim.
The Ministry of Culture website is at http://www.moc.gov.eg
Its YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8McPibRT36QSjnt4eGucNw
And its Facebook account is Egyptian MOC
The National Theatre Facebook account is https://www.facebook.com/national.theater.eg/
Beram Al-Tunsi Theatre
Al-Gaish St, Al Azaritah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria, Tel (03)5929960/5913835
Happy Trip play performed by Alexandria Theatre Company (Performances run on Thursdays,Fridaysand Saturdays, 9pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 23 July, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly