The Optimist play is back at The National Theatre

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 25 May 2021

The Optimist
The Optimist

The Culture 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) children play is about some children who travel to the Pharaonic era. It’s written by Yehia Zakaria, with puppets and costumes by Nagui Shaker, décor designed by Mohamed Saad and directed by Mohamed Nour
(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

Small Theatre 

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. It’s directed by Mohamed El-Sagheir with Ahmed Raouf’s music, Monadel Antar’s choreography and Abeer El-Badrawy’s styling (Performances run daily except Tuesdays until 1 June, 7pm).

 

Grand Tiba Theatre

Tiba Mall, Nasr City, for tickets call 16826 

Abo El Araby fi Mission Impossible (Abo El Araby in a mission impossible), a comedy about the making of Abo El Araby and his transformation into a new character as an expert in nuclear energy. The play is starring Hani RamzyDalia Al-Beheiry, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Gomaa, Haggag Abdel-Azim and Laila Ezz Al-Arab, written by Mohsen Rizk and directed by Tamer Karam 

(28 May, 6pm). 

 

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 (28 May, 6pm).

 

Greek Campus 

28 Falaki St, Bab Al-Louk, Cairo, Tel 010 90322400

Auditorium 

Lungs Cairo premier is performed by The Caravan Group. A play written by Duncan Macmillan and directed by Effat Yehia

It is a journey into the world of a couple, M and W, who live in London. In an attempt to make a family, they explore their relationship, themselves, their responsibilities, the world we live in, and its disasters, from pandemics to economic collapse. A play that questions the fabric of relationships and the future of the new generations

(27 May and 3, 10, 17 and 24 June, 8.30pm). 

 

Naguib Al-Rehani Theatre

17 Emad Al Din Street, downtown, Cairo, near cosmos cinema

Tel, 02 25913697, 02 25892103

Gareema Fel Maadi, Masraheya Kolaha Ghalat (A Crime in Maadi, The Play that Goes Wrong), a play performed by a group of budding actors trained by comedian Ashraf Abdel-Baky, who is also the director. The Play That Goes Wrong is an English play that won the highest awards in British and American theatres including the Lawrence Oliver and Tony Awards in 2015 and 2017 respectively. It is also considered to be one of the best onstage comedies since its creation in 2014. Abdel-Baky flew to The Mischief Theatre Company in London, acquired the performing rights to the play, and translated it into Egyptian Arabic. The Egyptian version is now showing under the title, Gareema Fel Maadi, Masraheya Kolaha Ghalat with two separate casts. Abdel-Baky, together with the group of actors have personally renovated the theatre recently and was able to restore its essence and former glory

(28 May, 6pm).

 

Al-Salam Theatre

101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501  

The Qarameet Fields, The King of Winter and Sayyed Darwish Nights plays are performed by Al-Shams Theatre Company for talents with special abilities and starring Amr Adel, Madonna, Seif, Shaimaa Abu-Bakr. It’s written by Mohamed Nassef and directed by Youssef Abu-Zeid (Performances run on Sundays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6pm).

 

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

(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, Ahmed Siyam, Ayat Magdy. The play is an adaptation of Candide Voltaire’s The Optimist, and directed by Islam Imam
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 6pm).

 

Taliaa Theatre

Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948

Salah Abdel-Sabour Hal

Toukous Al’awda (The Rites of Return), a play produced by Al-Ghad Theatre Company and Taliaa Theatre Company. The show is inspired by the folk ballad of Hassan and Na’ema and presented in the style of a musical. It casts actors Naglaa Younis, Maher Mahmoud, poems by Mas’oud Shouman, with music composed by Ahmed Al-Haggar, décor and costumes designed by Norhan Samir and directed by Said Soliman

(Performances run daily until 29 May, 6pm)

Zaki Tolaimat Hall

Alsandouq (The Box), a play produced by Taliaa Theatre Company. In an absurd comical style, the play revolves around a group of people in a crisis, all locked in one unidentified place and they don’t know each other but have one dream which is to get out of this place. The play is an adaptation of Taha Sadat’s story Dreams of Dolls. It features actors Yasser Altobgy, Nasser Shahin, Taha Khalifa, Amira Abdel-Rahman, décor and costumes designed by Fady Foukiya, with music composed by Hassan Zaki and directed by Reda Hassanein     

(Performances run daily except Tuesdays starting 19 May until 2 June, 7pm)

 

*A version of this article appears in print in the 27 May, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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