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Ad for Grand Opening of Badia Masabni's Casino Opera
November 14, 1940


Translated by Priscilla Adum





This advertisement announced the grand opening of Badia Masabni's Casino Opera for November 14, 1940 at Opera Square. However, on November 14 the Prime Minister of Egypt, Hassan Sabry, died on the floor of the Egyptian Parliament as he delivered a speech, apparently of a heart attack. Due to the national mourning and state funeral, every single casino, sala and theater in Egypt closed that day. For that reason, the Casino Opera postponed its debut until the next night, November 15th.

Al Ahram
Thursday November 14, 1940
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Badia Masabni



The Advertisement


The Grand Opening

Casino Opera


From the Queen of the Theater Shows

Madame Badia Masabni

On the program:

The Latest Fashion

A surprising play consisting of 8 original acts which will be used to introduce for the first time in Egypt the circular stage

And appearing in it will be the stars of the famous Badia Troupe

Written by Abou El Se3oud El Ebiari

Composed by Farid Ghosn and Ahmed Sherif

Daytime performances have No Cover Charge

Daily performances, daytime at 5:30 p.m.

Every Sunday daytime performance at 10:30 a.m.

Evening performances at 9:30 p.m.

Cover charge: 17 Piasters for a Preferential Seat.

11 Piasters for a Special Seat.

55 Piasters for balcony/box for 5 people




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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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