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 opens 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.
The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
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 and Fridays, 7pm).
20 Boulos Hanna St, Dokki, Tel 02 3760 1746
Cervantes Institute celebrates great Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, in cooperation with the Egyptian Aragouz Festival (24-28 November). The celebration of Lorca will present one of his poems using the tools of the Egyptian folk troupe to emphasize that the Aragouz arts are able to express the different cultures of puppet theatre that many do not know. The show also aims to shed light on Lorca’s puppet theatre production that not many are familiar with (Thursday 26 November, 7pm).
Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Theatre
Next to Balloon Theatre, Al-Agouza, Tel 02 3304 3187
Gana Hena play is produced by Al-Ghad Theatre. It casts Abeer Altokhy, Hala Sorour, Ahmed Alsherif, lyrics written by Masa'oud Shoman, music by Ahmed Alnasser, décor and costumes designed by Maye Zohdy, written by Safaa Albialy and directed by Mohamed Saber (Performances run on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, 7pm).
Grand Nile Tower
Corniche Al-Nil, Garden City, Tel 16826
Sabaheya Mubaraka, is a new type of plays with two acts representing a different form of comedy starring Ali Rabeia, Os Os, Seliman Eid and directed by Ashraf Abdel-Baqi (3 December, 8.30pm).
The International Park
Madinet Nasr District
Layaly Sayed Darwish (Sayed Darwish Nights), play features singers Rahma Mamdouh, Mohamed Naser, Farah Islam, Kholoud, trained by Mohsen Sadek (Performances run on Thursdays and Fridays, 7pm).
Media City, 6 October City, Cairo
Aladdin, A musical comedy show starring Ahmed Ezz, Tara Emad, directed by Magdy El-Hawary and written by a group of young Egyptians writers with an Egyptian comedy twist. The show is based on the story of Aladdin, a folk tale of Middle Eastern origin. It is one of the tales in the book of One Thousand Nights and One Night AKA (The Arabian Nights), and one of the best known internationally. The show fits all ages and is a one that all the family can enjoy together. It includes comedy, dance, music and impressive high-tech video technologies and fly effects (28 November and 4 December, 8.30pm).
Naguib Al-Rehani Theatre
17 Emad Al Din Street, downtown, Cairo, near cosmos cinema
Tel, 02 25913697, 02 25892103
El Locanda (The Hotel) is the first Sitcom to come to a stage with star comedians Ashraf Abdel-Baki, Hamdy Almarghani, Wizzo, Diab, and a group of stars. Costumes by Hala Zahwi, music by Ahmed Elmogui, décor Mahmoud Sami, lighting by Mustafa Ezzeddin, idea and directed by Ashraf Abdel-Baki
(26, 27, 28 November, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 December, 8.30pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783
Alwasia (The Commandment), a play based on the true story of the martyr Mohamed Moaataz Rashad, one of the armed forces soldiers who passed away in Rafah in 2015. The play casts Ahmed Fouad Selim, Samira Abdel-Aziz, Mido Adel, Bassant Syam with music composed by Ahmed Kikar, and choreography by Magdy Saber. The play is written by Ayman Salama, and directed by Khaled Galal
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm)
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
Aby Taht Alshagara (My Father is Under the Tree) play is the latest production of the Modern Theatre Company. It is starring Hany Kamal, Lobna Alsheikh, Mounir Karam, Shady Asaad and many more with music by Mohamed Khaled, décor by Yehia Sobeih, written by Tarek Ramadan and directed by Islam Imam
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm).
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
A Word of Two Letters, a play for children sheds light on the practical solutions that provide children with ideas about how to protect themselves against abuse. Its presented by Chocofest Cairo
(Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November, 3pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Recycle, an improvisation show tackles the idea of the possibility of recycling the expired man to restore humanity through a group of sketches about social issues like marriage, education, and sexual harassment. Its directed by Mohamed El-Sagheir with Ahmed Raouf’s music, Monadel Antar’s choreography and Abeer El-Badrawy’s styling (Performances run on Thursdays and Fridays, 7pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 26 November, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly