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- Francois Abu Salem’s Hall

- Frequently asked questions

Francois Abu Salem – Gaspar, the French-Hungarian-Palestinian artist, which is considered an international artist that is impossible to be restricted to a single nationality, was one of the paramount founders of the National Theatre, who also designed and built the very first platform of the theatre in 1984, and served the theatre for 41 years, before his body left the same platform he built in 2011 after he took his own life. Abu Salem decided to end his life that was copious with endless giving to local and international art and theatre, and left the universal theatre with an artistic legacy that is well present in the works of modern artists.

The Hall of Francois Abu Salem was named after him after the administrative committee of the theatre took this decision to recognize his efforts and honour his strong spiritual engagement with the theatre, and to fulfill his dream for the theatre to remain alive.

The Hall’s main Characteristics in terms of: Audience capacity, platform, and equipment are:

  • The hall is designed to host 300 audience members on an amphitheater from the back of the hall towards its front.
  • The wooden platform is 12m in width, 10m in depth, 1m in height from ground, and the ceiling is sloped towards the platform with 7m of height in the front, and 5m in the back.
  • The platform is designed with modern sound and lighting system, in addition to modern projectors and a 35mm film-projecting machine.

The hall is designed in a way that enables it to hold most visual shows, whether theatrical, musical, dance, or circus ones.

The hall held, among others, the following shows:

  • “Galilee Ya Ali”
  • “One Thousand and One Nights”
  • “Jidariyyah”
  • “Antigona” (please check the name)
  • “Lanterns of the King of Galilee”
  • “Who Killed Asmahan?”

- Samih Al Qasem’s Hall

- Frequently asked questions

Since the 70s, the poet Samih Al Qasem has witnessed the evolution of the “El Hakawati” troop through their multiple tours within the occupied lands of 1948 borders, and has always been a front-line witness of their shows. The poet’s name became connected to the theatre for 30 years ahead, as he was a constant participant at numerous cultural and poetic evenings, of which the early 1990s were the most important, as he participated in every national and cultural occasion. 

In order for the Theatre to honour his memory, his endless giving, and his cultural and national contribution, the Hall of Samih Al Qasem was named after him.

The Hall’s main Characteristics in terms of: Audience capacity, platform, and equipment are:

  • The hall is designed to host 300 audience members on an amphitheater from the back of the hall towards its front.
  • The wooden platform is 12m in width, 10m in depth, 1m in height from ground, and the ceiling is sloped towards the platform with 7m of height in the front, and 5m in the back.
  • The platform is designed with modern sound and lighting system, in addition to modern projectors and a 35mm film-projecting machine.

The hall is designed in a way that enables it to hold most visual shows, whether theatrical, musical, dance, or circus ones.

The hall held, among others, the following shows:

  • “Galilee Ya Ali”
  • “One Thousand and One Nights”
  • “Jidariyyah”
  • “Antigona” (please check the name)
  • “Lanterns of the King of Galilee”
  • “Who Killed Asmahan?”

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