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Ad Announcing New Show
at Badia Masabni's Casino Opera
Autumn, 1940


Translated by Priscilla Adum





This is a translation of a flyer that appeared in Opera Square (also known as Ibrahim Pasha Square) in Cairo in autumn 1940. It advertises a new show at the Casino Opera, a nightclub owned by Badia Masabni that would be starting November 30.

Flyer distributed in Opera Square in autumn 1940

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The Advertisement

Casino Opera In Ibrahim Pasha Square

Telephone # 44814


Badia Masabni Queen of the Theater Shows Presents

Beginning on Saturday, November 30, 1940

Her Second Musical Revue Two Lucky Hours

Seven Acts filled with new surprises


Written by Abou El Se3oud El Ebiari

Composed by Farid Ghosn

Choreographed by Isaac Dickson



Actor Fahmy Aman

The International Dancer Taheya Carioca

The Beloved Comedian Ismael Yaseen

The Beloved Comedienne Houreya Abdou


Morning Performance Hours

Every Sunday and Friday at 10:30 AM at half price

And at 5:30 pm at a low price

All other nights at 9:30 pm


First Class Restaurant, American Bar and Music Hall




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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. 




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