Photo of Shira



PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

Ad Announcing Badia's Move from Theater to Cinema
September 10, 1935


Translated by Priscilla Adum





This is a translation of an advertisement that Badia Masabni placed in the newspaper on September 10, 1935 to announce her final play before retiring from the theater to pursue a career in cinema. The movie proved to be a flop, and in 1936 Badia returned to the stage.

Al Ahram
Tuesday, September 10, 1935
Page 3

The photo on the right shows the English Bridge. Badia's summer location was built on the Giza end of it.

Click on the image below to see the advertisement in more detail.



The Advertisement

Troupe Badia Masabni

The Greatest Egyptian Show Troupe

Casino Badia, Summer Location

At the English Bridge in Giza

Beginning Monday, September 9 and on the Following Days


The Great Theater Play

As the World Turns

A theater play made up of two parts and six acts
Written by El Oustaz Abou El Se3oud El Ebiary
Directed By El Oustaz Mouries Kaasary
Composed by El Oustazaen Farid Ghosn and Mahmoud El Sherif

As the World Turns

This is the final play that Madame Badia will present for her kind fans as a farewell to them.

To leave them with the best impression in regards to her constant efforts to present new and varied shows. This is because she is retiring from theater work and will now dedicate herself to performing in cinema.

As the World Turns

Starring in the leading role: Madame Badia Masabni, The Queen Of The Theater Shows

Every Tuesday a daytime performance for women and every Sunday and Friday a daytime performance for all public at 6:30 p.m.




Related Articles

  • About the English Bridge. Background information about the English Bridge and the Cairo tradition of moving the theater groups to different locations for the summer.



About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




Copyright Notice

This entire web site is copyrighted. All rights reserved.

All articles, images, forms, scripts, directories, and product reviews on this web site are the property of Shira unless a different author/artist is identified. Material from this web site may not be posted on any other web site unless permission is first obtained from Shira.

Academic papers for school purposes may use information from this site only if the paper properly identifies the original article on using appropriate citations (footnotes, end notes, etc.) and bibliography. Consult your instructor for instructions on how to do this.

If you wish to translate articles from into a language other than English, Shira will be happy to post your translation here on along with a note identifying you as the translator. This could include your photo and biography if you want it to. Contact Shira for more information. You may not post translations of Shira's articles on anybody else's web site, not even your own.

If you are a teacher, performer, or student of Middle Eastern dance, you may link directly to any page on this web site from either your blog or your own web site without first obtaining Shira's permission. Click here for link buttons and other information on how to link.



Explore more belly dance info:

Top >
Belly Dancing >
Index to the Belly Dance Then & Now Section


Share this page!

On Facebook


 Top > Belly Dancing > Index to the Belly Dance Then & Now Section

| Contact Shira | Links | Search this Site |