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Everything to Know About Egyptian Star Sherihan’s Big-Screen Comeback After 30 Years


Photo: Kareem Nour via Instagram/@sherihanofficial

After a 30-year hiatus, Egyptian veteran superstar Sherihan is starring in an upcoming theater production named Coco Chanel, based on the life of the titular 20th-century French fashion designer who revolutionized European fashion with her brand. The musical is directed by veteran director Hady El Bagoury and will screen on MBC’s paid subscription service, Shahid VIP. Saudi fans will be able to watch the play in cinemas during the next Riyadh Season after it is initially screened in one of the major theaters in Sherihan’s native city Cairo in honor of her artistic history.

The premiere date and other members of the star cast have not yet been unveiled. The trailer dropped on June 10, depicting a languishing Sherihan in a royal dress strutting in a glamorous fashion house, crooning a sorrowful ballad.

The play’s author, Medhat Al-Adl, revealed that the nine-song play was filmed last year, but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “It will be a mark in the history of Sherihan, in our history, and in the history of theatre,” he said in a release.

El Bagoury, who also made the 2016 critically acclaimed film Hepta, has high hopes for the show, and has likened it to a Broadway musical, a genre seldom explored in Egypt. Sherihan is reportedly very excited for the project to start and has been really working hard during rehearsals to make sure her performance is top-notch.

The iconic actor is coming back with many projects on the horizon. Al Sheikh, the Chairman of the Saudi Entertainment Authority recently announced an upcoming collaboration with Sherihan set to premiere in Saudi.

The 56-year-old was the face of Ramadan with her nightly shows for millions of Arab families in the mid-1980s. She has also built a powerful career on the big screen with beloved roles in hit dramas such as Souk Al-Nisa’a (1994) and Gabr Elkhawater (1998). However, she had to undergo treatment for a rare type of cancer that ultimately forced her to retire after 2001 film Al Eshk Wal Damm.

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