AUC Falaki Theatre
American University in Cairo, Tahrir Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
The Sixth Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) (17 March-8 April)
This year’s performing arts programme will once again revolve around spreading the boundaries of art in interactive and contemporary performances that allow unbridled creativity to take centre stage. World-renowned French choreographer, Jérôme Bel, will be collaborating with the equally celebrated disabled Swiss group, Theatre Hora, to bring D-CAF a highly anticipated and gloriously mystical display. UK-based performer, Andy Field, is taking his unorthodoxly interactive and imminently memorable “Lookout” gig to the roofs of Cairo in another of this year’s most anticipated acts. The lineup for the performing arts programme in this year’s D-CAF will also include a fascinating fusion between French and Egyptian cultures through Henri Jules Julien’s De La Justice des Poissons and Pascal Rambert’s Cloture de l’amour, which will receive its Arab premiere as part of the festivities.
The Rite of Spring (Spain), after the success of last year’s Numax Fagor Plus, Roger Bernat returns this year with another interactive masterpiece (Friday 17 March, 8 to 8.45pm).
Leila Maa Al-Warsha 1-Doomsday (A Night with the Workshop 1-Doomsday) (Egypt), as part of the celebrations for its 30th anniversary, Al Warsha will premiere its latest production by Hassan Al-Geretly (Saturday 18 March, 8 to 8.45pm).
Disabled Theatre (Switzerland), French choreographer Jérôme Bel decides to bring the disabled to the core of the public attention (Sunday 19 (8 to 9pm), Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 March, AUC Tahrir Campus Ewart Hall, 8 to 10.10pm).
The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
Cinderella, a children play with décor and puppets designed by Naglaa Raafat, songs by Tarek Mandour, music composed by Sherif Nour, written by Ahmed Zaki and directed by Lotfy Al-Sayed
(Performances run on Thursdays and Fridays, 6.30pm).
Al Fann Theatre
22 Ramses St, Tel 02 2578 2444
Azeb Fi Shahr Al-Assal (A Bachelor in the Honeymoon), starring Intesar, Mounir Youssef, Rola Magdi, Paula, Nashwa Abdel-Rahman, written by Salah Metwali and directed by Galal Al-Sharkawi (Friday 17, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Thursday 30, Friday 31March, 10pm).
Al-Ghad (Tomorrow) Theatre
Next to Al-Balloon Theatre, Al-Agouza, Tel 02 3304 3187
Qamar Al-Aamian (Moon of the Blind People), a play starring Wafaa Al-Hakim, Tarek Sharaf, Nawal Samir, Mona Shaker, Essam Mustafa, music composed by Ahmed Al-Haggar, décor by Sobhi Abdel-Gawad, costumes designer Maysa Mohamed, written by Ali Abu-Salem and directed by Mohamed Selim
(Performances run daily except Mondays, 9pm).
Grand Nile Tower
Corniche Al-Nil, Garden City, Tel 16826
The new season of Misr Theatre Company starring Ashraf Abdel-Baqi, Ali Rabiaa, Hamdi Al-Merghani, Mustafa Khater and Mohamed Anwar among others presents a number of new plays (Friday 17, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Thursday 30, Friday 31March, 8pm).
Abtal Baladna (Heroes of Our Country), a puppet show performed by Misr Theatre Puppets, that were made in the Czech Republic depicting all the characters of Misr Theatre Company and their voices presenting a play for children, décor by Mohamed Sami, costumes by Hala Zahwa, written by Egypt’s writing workshop, lyrics by Ayman Bahgat Qamar, music composed by Mohamed Mohie and directed by Ashraf Abdel-Baqi
(Friday 17 March, 3pm).
174 Al-Haram St, next to Al-Arish St, Giza, for information and reservation call 16826
Ahlan Ramadan (Welcome Ramadan), a comic play starring cinema and TV star Mohamed Ramadan, Rogina, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Shaimaa Seif, music by Amr Mustafa, choreography by Atef Awad, décor by Amr Abdallah, costumes by Marwa Aouda, written by Walid Youssef and directed by Khaled Galal
(Friday 17, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Thursday 30, Friday 31March, March, 9.30pm).
Metropol (The Children’s National) Theatre
6 Halim St, the beginning of 26th July, Attaba, Downtown, Tel 02 2593 3334
Anta Fein Ya Qamar (Where are your Moon?), a play starring Adel Al-Koumi, Nagah Hassan, Aida Ghoneim shows by Sherif Radi, lyrics by Mohamed Al-Shaaer, music by Bassem Abdel-Aziz, décor and costumes by Ahmed Shawki, written by Hatem Azab, directed by Hassan Saad
(Performances run on Thursdays and Fridays, 7pm).
Must Opera House
Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6th of October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5/ 16828
The new season of Teatro Misr Theatre Company featuring Bayoumi Fouad and Hala Fakher presents its two latest plays Hoba Stangalena (Crazy) and Robat Salibi (Knee Injury)
(Friday 17, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Thursday 30, Friday 31 March, 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, 8pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al-Attaba Square, in front of Attaba Post Office, Cairo, Tel 02 2591 7783/1267/7561
Al Mohakama (The Trial), play is the Egyptian adaptation of American writers Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s Inherit the Wind. It sheds light on the issue of oppression and the struggle of many nations against fascism in all its forms whether political or religious. The play casts Ashraf Abdel-Ghafour, Sami Abdel-Halim, Zein Nassar, Salma Diab, among many others and directed by Tarek Al-Dewiri
(Performances run daily except Wednesdays, 8.30pm).
Attaba Square, next to the Metro Station, Tel 02 2593 7948/2592 0522
Al Galsa: Shoghl Afareet (The Session: Deeds of Imps), a play starring Taha Khalifa, Fahd Ibrahim, Mido Abdel-Qader, Marina Magdi, written and directed by Monadel Antar with décor and lighting by Amro Al-Ashraf, costumes by Marwa Aouda and executive director Amr Atef (Performances run daily, 7pm).
Zaki Tolimat Hall
Al-Galf, a play produced by Alexandria Theatre Company based on a play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov starring Iman Amam, Mohamed Mekki, Ahmed Al-Sayed, décor by Mohamed Saad, costumes designed by Walid Gabr, lightening by Ibrahim Al-Forn and directed by Mohamed Mekki
(Performances run daily, 9pm).