Cairo Puppet Theatre will present ‘El-Leila El-Kebira’ performances for 15 nights at the Cairo Opera House in El-Hanager, which will be free charge on 17 May.
The music has seen many adaptations over the decades, including the Cairo Opera Ballet Company’s version created by Abdel-Moneim Kamel in 2001, where puppets turn into live dancers.
‘El-Leila El-Kebira’, which debuted in 1960’s, is the most well-known Egyptian marionette operetta of all time. The original music was composed by Sayed Mekawy, lyrics by poet Salah Jahin, puppets by artist Nagy Shaker, and directed by Salah El-Sakka.
Shaker who had worked in many art forms, experimenting visual theatre, cinema, paintings, sculpture, graphic work, even interior and architectural design is best known for his contributions in Egypt’s puppet theatre, and as chief designer for ‘El-Leila El-Kebira’.
He created numerous unique and lovable characters: children, clowns, a lion tamer, the ‘omda’ (mayor) and street vendors such as: Nishan, a puppet modelled on Jahin himself.
-17 May, 9:00pm
-El-Hanager yard, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek