Zawgi Yoheb El La'eb play at the AUC’s Howard theatre is a must go

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 1 Feb 2022

Saad Eldeen Wahba
Saad Eldeen Wahba

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.


American University in Cairo

AUC New Cairo Campus

Howard Theatre

Zawgi Yoheb El La'eb (My Husband Loves to Play) is a one-act comedy play directed by Amena Ebeid and written by the late Saad Eldeen Wahba. The one-act play explores the comedic and intense dynamic between a husband and a wife in more than15 years of marriage. The actions of the one-act play are based in Cairo in the late 1960s but are very much relatable to our everyday life today. Hopefully, the three performance nights will ignite a lot of laughter, as well as intriguing conversations around the complexity of human emotions and the diversity of these complexities between a man and a woman. 

Seats are limited, and entry is on a first-come-first-served basis 

(7,8,9 February, 7-8pm). 




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, 6.30pm).



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 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7pm). 



Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre

Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783

Fi Entizar Baba (Waiting for Daddy) play is an adaptation of an ancient Greek Iliad poem of Homer with the application of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s analysis of the ‘Electra complex’, portraying mythical characters in a series of complicated situations. The play casts actors Samah Anwar, Ahmed Salama, Entisar, Moufid Ashour, and many more, with music composed by Ahmed El-Nasser, choreography designed by Dia’a Shafiq, décor built up by Ehab El-Awamry, and directed by Samir El-Asfoury

(Performances run on Fridays, 7.30pm and Thursdays and Saturdays, 9pm).



El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448

(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)

Wisdom Hall

The Line of Animals and Butterflies puppet show for children performed by El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre, written and directed by Mohamed Abdel-Moneim El-Sawy (4 February, 3-5pm).  

Word Hall 

Ala Fain (where are you going?), a play performed by International Theatre Company, directed by Karem El-Saadany (4 February, 5pm).




Taliaa Theatre

Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948

Salah Abdel-Sabour Hal

Toukous Al’awda (Rituals 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 except Tuesdays, 7pm). 

Zaki Tolaimat Hall

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, play produced by Taliaa Theatre Company, is a novel by Victor Hugo. It features actors George Ashraf, Yehia Mahmoud, Mariam Al-Guindy, Heba Qenawy, décor by Hamdy Attia and costumes designed by Naaima Agamy, and directed by Nasser Abdel-Moneim

(Performances run on Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays, 8pm). 

*A version of this article appears in print in the 3 February, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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