The Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare Festival is the largest, cyclical, international theatre event, organised each year in the first week of August in Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia (called TriCity). It is an international event combining performances’ presentations with artistic events, workshops, meetings with theatre creators. Its history begins in 1993, with the first Gdańsk Shakespeare Days, which later evolved into an international festival. The organizers are the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation.

The festival presents the most interesting Shakespearean theatrical productions from Poland and abroad. During 17 editions of the event over 200 theatre companies from around 40 countries, including such exotic and faraway places as South Korea, Israel, Japan and Cuba, performed on the stages of the TriCity. The works of great masters of the theatre were staged, among them those of: Peter Brook, Luk Perceval, Elizabeth LeCompte, Lev Dodin, Oskaras Koršunovas, Roberto Ciulli, Edward Hall, Robert Sturua and many others. The event is accompanied by a contest for Best Polish Staging of Shakespeare’s Work of the Season with theatres from around the country competing for the award – the Golden Yorick. For years the festival has also included an extensive educational program „The Shakespeare Summer Academy”, aimed at young people from Poland and abroad. The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival is a place to experience theatre, a platform to for meetings and intellectual exchanges between artists, directors, actors, critics and animators from around the globe.

The festival organizers have been developing their cultural ties with organisations from around the world through creation of international projects and co-productions. The festival also initiated the idea of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network (ESFN) which was founded in Gdańsk. We aim to develop a community of people deeply devoted to Shakespeare and, in the future, intensely involved in the activity of the Gdansk Shakespearean Theatre, which will soon have its very own headquarters.

The 18th Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

 

 

 

Shakespeare im Globe Neuss Festival

 

It’s All Shakespeare! – The Globe and its Festival.

 

Who would have thought that the fast horses, winning jockeys and elegant ladies you usually see on a racecourse would, once a year, have to make way for the 100% pure pleasure of theatre. It’s a well-known fact that in Neuss many things are “a little different“. The visitor to the spacious city-centre racecourse in Neuss catches a sudden glimpse of an unusual, twelve-sided building with black and white shutters at its windows, standing under high poplars, between betting-hall and enclosure: The Globe.

This unconventional theatre – a construction of several storeys made of wood and steel – has stood on this site since 1991. There are more than 500 seats, and the seating is as unconventional as the building itself. The audience sits close up to each other in a half circle on three different levels, the actors on the stage seem near enough to touch. It is almost as if the audience is being asked to play a part, something which in fact does happen from time to time.
So the visitor to the Neuss Globe is never safe from (of course only pleasant) surprises. In short: theatre here is a real experience!

The Shakespeare Festival, which takes place annually in the early summer, is unique of its kind. It is organised by artistic director Dr. Rainer Wiertz, head of the cultural office Harald Müller and his crew and enjoys generous financial support on the part of its main sponsors Sparkasse Neuss and the “Friends of the Globe“. Fans of Shakespeare’s dramatic, turbulent, witty plays make the journey to the Rhine from all over Germany and are inspired by the atmosphere. It’s relaxed and uncomplicated and the theatre companies from all four corners of the world contribute to this, bringing international flair to Neuss for four weeks of the year in June and July. Whether from Zimbabwe, Italy or France, Switzerland, the USA or – naturally – Great Britain: companies such as “Over the Edge“, “Compagnie Casalibus“ or “The Watermill Theatre“ awaken our curiosity by their very names. What kind of magic will they work on stage? Creativity is of an essence, as the directors often have to do without complicated sets. Very much in the true spirit of Shakespearean theatre, it is rather the art of the actor which takes centre stage here. Their language, gestures and expressions, the costumes, the effective lighting and – last but not least – the theatre itself, in all its challenging simplicity, come together to create what can be called “typically Globe“. Spot on! Whether it’s Romeo and Juliet, Romeo et Juliette or Romeo e Giulietta, in which language do the lovers’ oaths sound most beautiful? Perhaps in German, because, German theatre companies are, of course members of the inner circle of the tried and tested “Globe people“. The performances of the Bremer Shakespeare Company, with which the whole festival actually began, are legendary. This is a festival which, by the way, is not limited to just the stage. It extends out into the welcoming (Shakes)-beer garden and into the truly dreamlike world of the transformed, candlelit betting-hall, where actors, Neuss theatre people and guests happily carouse deep into the night. It was no doubt no different 400 years ago in Elizabethan London. In the Wooden “O“, Shakespeare’s Globe, food and drink were a natural complement to the pleasures of eye and ear.

Shakespeare Festival 2014 – programme

International Shakespeare Festival Craiova

The Romanian International Shakespeare Festival was founded in Craiova, Romania, in 1994, and took place every three years during its first five editions. Since 2006, it has taken place every two years. The main organizers of the festival are the National Theatre Craiova (represented by its General Managing Director, Mr. Mircea Cornisteanu) and the “William Shakespeare” Foundation (Presided by Mr. Emil Boroghina), and, since 2006, it has also taken place in Bucharest, in collaboration with Arcub, the Centre for Cultural Projects of the Bucharest City Hall and General Council. Another important partner is the Romanian Cultural Institute.

In 2008, the Romanian Festival’s motto was “Great Directors, Great Performances, Great Theatres of Europe and of the World”, and it gathered on its poster the names of some of the most famous international directors such as:  Peter Brook, Robert Wilson, Declan Donnellan, Lev Dodin, Eimuntas Nekrosius, and Silviu Purcarete. The 2010 Festival was dedicated to only one play: “Hamlet”. The presentation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece in different directorial visions and interpretations (Thomas Ostermeier, Oskaras Korsunovas, Monica Pecikiewics, Yoshihiro Kurita, Yun Taek-Lee, Elizabeth LeCompte, Eimuntas Nekrosius etc.) represented an opportunity for theatre professionals and audiences to compare, discuss, comment, and debate. The motto of the 2012 International Shakespeare Festival in Romania will be: ”The world’s a stage, and we are the players”.

The Festival also includes seminars and conferences; workshops on acting, directing, design and criticism; film projections of famous performances; symphonic concerts; theatre design, painting, photographic, and philatelic exhibitions, as well as theatre book and DVD launches. The numerous foreign and Romanian theatre critics attending the festival along the years have talked about the high standard of this event and placed it among the best thematic European festivals. The Romanian Theatre Association UNITER granted the International Shakespeare Festival its most important award, the Prize for Excellency.

2014 International Craiova Shakespeare Festival

 

 

 

York International Shakespeare Festival

 

The York International Shakespeare Festival is a major new cultural venture for York and for the North of England. It emerges from a new partnership between the York Theatre Royal, the University of York and Parrabbola.

With a 2000 year history, York is at one and the same time both Roman and Medieval, a military and mercantile centre, with a Victorian industrial heritage and a thriving modern outlook. One of the most beautiful and most historic cities in Britain, York was the powerhouse of the North of England in Shakespearean times and is the ideal location to reflect on the variety and complexity of Shakespeare as Europe’s playwright.

The York International Shakespeare Festival will launch in May 2015 for the first of its annual Spring programmes and will include productions by major established companies delivering Shakespeare in recognisable and affecting ways alongside experimental new work challenging received ideas about specific plays and, in some cases, about the business of theatre itself. As a member of the prestigious European Shakespeare Festivals Network, we look forward to fruitful and exciting collaborations with other Shakespeare festivals across Europe.

The new York International Shakespeare Festival will feature exciting and adventurous artists both from around the world and from closer to home, with a focus on the Shakespeare of the North. In addition, some of Shakespeare’s many lives and afterlives across other media – including film, music and fine art – will be richly explored as part of the programme. There will be family friendly events for children, and an international conference for academics. Young people will produce a series of events designed to appeal to young audiences, and a showcase opportunity will profile experimental and innovative work, to promoters and Shakespeareans from the UK and overseas.

With banners throughout the city, performances on the streets, in the theatres, in churches and simply popping up where you least expect them, and with an influx of Shakespeareans from around the world, for the ten days of the Festival – York will be the city of Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare Festival Gyula

The Gyula Castle Theatre operates in the court of the only brick castle that has survived in Central Europe. Between the beginning of July and 10th of August the guests are entertained with the best performances of historical and modern dramas, different forms of prosaic theatre, opera, musical, ballet, mediaeval courtyard-music, jazz, blues, classic-, folk-music concerts, puppet shows and folk and modern dance performances in the summer theatre. Not only the court of the fortress is turned into a theatre, but programmes of great variety are available on the nearby Lake-stage and on stages set up at different places in the town.

Since 2005 Gyula Castle Theatre has been organising the international Shakespeare Festival. The two-week Shakespeare Festival is part of the six-week all-art festival-program of Gyula Castle Theatre as an individual festival.The main programme of the Shakespeare Festival is:Every year it starts with one new production from Gyula, which appears on stage several times. Every year  it hosts at least three performances: one from inland and two from abroad. The festival hosted the best international artists’ works: Peter Brook, Robert Sturua, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Oskaras Korsunovas, Andrei Serban, Silviu Purcarete and many more. And the best Hungarian artists appear here, too.In addition to the main programme,  to colour the festival with the first appearance of theatrical performances and other genres in the sub-program, guests can enjoy renaissance and modern music concerts, street theatre performances, alternative theatrical performances, the performances of students of dramatic art, screening of films, Shakespeare conferences, and Shakespeare-time cuisine – gastronomy.

The performances were chosen after the suggestions made by the six-member Shakespeare Committee.

Summer Shakespeare Festival Ostrava

The Shakespeare Festival at the Silesian-Moravian Castle is a festival which is a part of a large Czech-Slovak project called The Summer Shakespeare Festival. It has been held each summer (for the past 9 years) in Prague (CZ), Brno (CZ), Bratislava (SK),and it was also introduced to the public in Ostrava (CZ) and Kosice (SK) in 2008.

Here, in Ostrava, the festival is produced by PaS de Theatre s.r.o. company. It is the largest dramatic festival in the City of Ostrava and in the Moravian-Silesian region itself. Since 2008, the festival has been visited by about 40,000 visitors. It was a strong success, no free tickets left. We have also had the honour to bring The Krakow Theatre (Poland) with Mr Jerzy Stuhr performing “Richard III”. on two nights, “As you like it” by JAY production (Slovakia), “The tempest” (Schok – Prague) and “The comedy of errors” (PaS de Theatre – Ostrava). It is an advantage of the region, being so close to the borders of Poland and Slovakia, that we can  attract performers from those countries and interested visitors. As a continuous part of the festival, the organiser – PaS de Theatre – produces its own plays specifically for the purpose of the festival. We always use local artists or artists connected to the region. Our goal is to promote the local artistic community elsewhere – at the moment we always perform in Brno (CZ), Prague (CZ), Bratislava (SK) – and we hope to develop this further and perform at other festivals – if possible.

Shakespeare’s Festival of Catalonia

 

The Shakespeare Festival was born in 2003 in Santa Susanna, a small town in the Maresme region (Catalonia – Spain).

In 2008, the festival moved to Mataró, the capital of the region, where the audience enjoyed its presence until 2010. Although we intended to spread our project throughout the Catalan territory, it was the city of Barcelona that hosted the 10th edition of Shakespeare Festival in 2013.

Managed by La Perla 29, the headquarters of the new festival is the Library of Catalonia, placed in a very heart of the Raval district. We hope that the Gothic nave of the Library will become a special place for our Shakespeare Lovers. Our aim is to create a network in the Raval district and other areas of the city. Thus, we would welcome more institutions willing to collaborate in organizing Shakespeare festivals, such as the Romea Theatre, the Film Archive of Catalonia, the Barcelona University, the Centre for Contemporary Culture…

The productions of William Shakespeare’s plays establish a core of the festival, but their formats are of great diversity. We desire to produce art, to co-produce and stage performances in the Shakespearean atmosphere but with a modern touch.

La Perla 29, the theatrical production enterprise directed by Oriol Broggi, Julio Manrique as director of the Romea Theatre, FOCUS Group and our organizing team have shaped the new version of the Shakespeare Festival that was presented in the city of Barcelona in June 2013.

The next editions of the Festival will be held in Autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare International Theatre Festival named after Vahram Papazyan

The Yerevan International Shakespeare Festival named after Vahram Papazian was founded in 2004 by director Hakob Ghazanchian and Shakespeare scholar Andrzej Żurowski. For the first three years, only festivals of monodrama performances were held and the mono performances with a Shakespearean subject were invited to Yerevan. Since 2004, the festival has been expanded and, in parallel with mono performances, big performances were also invited to Yerevan. The festival organisers are currently thinking of returning to the solo format, since that type of performance is a unique and rare Shakespeare laboratory, not only for the actors and the director but for the audience as well. For the last few years, during the Yerevan International Shakespeare Festivals named after Vahram Papazian we have presented the theatre groups of P. Brook, D. Donnellan and I. Brook, the theatres of Sh. Rustavelli and S. Abashidze (Tbilisi), the Artistic theatre named after A. Chekhov and  „Et Cetera” theatre (Moscow), as well as famous actors and directors from various countries of the world.

In 2014 people all over the world will be celebrating 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Birthday. The president of Theatre Workers Union Hakob Ghazanchyan  speaking about Shakespeare International festival in Yerevan told, ”The festival takes place 19th -22nd  of March, 2014. Armenian theatre being  stricktly linked with the Great Englishman,  continues to refer to his heritage every year staging new performances. This year Shakespeare International Festival after V. Papazyan will be dedicated to Shakespeare’s anniversary. Within the frames of the festival directors of European Shakespeare Festival Network will visit Yerevan”.

During the festival the Armenian – Georgian International project  ”King Lear” will  be premiered.  Hakob Ghazanchyan is the director of the performance. Several  performances  based on Shakespeare’s works  will be shown. International conference ”Shakespeare in the crossroads of contemporary theatre” will take place within the frames of the festival.

Shakespeare festival program

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle

 

The Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle is the Danish event, which in 1816 inaugurated the Shakespeare tradition at Kronborg Castle. Spectacular, surprising, world-class interpretations of Shakespeare, staged and performed by some of the most highly acclaimed performers and theatre companies in the world today. The performances are presented outdoors in the courtyard of Kronborg Castle each year in August.

Shakespeare Puppets at Hamlets Castle 2014

Shakespeare Festival at Hamlets Castle 2014 final

 

 

 

Globe to Globe Festival

 

Globe to Globe

Globe to Globe is an international celebration of Shakespeare, at the Globe in London and around the world. It began with the 2012 Globe to Globe festival, and continues with the Globe’s extraordinary attempt to tour Hamlet to every country in the world between April 2014 and April 2016. Furthermore, every year Shakespeare’s Globe invites a number of international productions of Shakespeare as part of its summer theatre season.

Globe to Globe 2012

Between April and June 2012, Shakespeare’s Globe invited artists from all over the world to take part in its hugely ambitious multi-lingual Globe to Globe Festival as part of the London 2012 Festival. For the first time ever, 37 international companies performed all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. Over 85,000 tickets were sold, many people taking advantage of multiple ticket offers to come back again and again to enjoy the enormous variety on stage. There were nearly 4,000 bookings for multiple shows from over 77 countries, and over 36,000 theatre-goers saw a production for only £5 with 117 people running the theatrical marathon of seeing every production for £100 with the Matinee Yard Olympian.

The Globe’s aim to open the doors to London’s many diverse communities to see Shakespeare performed in their own languages vastly exceeded expectations. 80% of bookings comprised new audiences coming to the Globe for the very first time, an extraordinary achievement of which the Globe is proud. The theatre received enthusiastic reactions from both audiences and visiting companies as they relished the interplay of Shakespeare performed and experienced in their native tongue – in Bangla, Polish, Spanish, Hindi, Japanese, Urdu, Turkish, Mandarin, Arabic to mention a few. Language proved no barrier and feedback from English-speaking audiences revealed delight and fascination in savouring Shakespeare in other languages, allowing them to discover new perspectives of his plays and to enjoy the rich array of cultures. Also in one of many firsts created by the festival, a Shakespeare play was performed in its entirety in British Sign Language festival.

Globe to Globe presented 14 world premieres in addition to the many productions created especially for the festival. In a herculean feat of logistics, the Festival Director Tom Bird and his team brought 37 visiting companies, many of the world’s greatest directors and over 600 actors from across the globe to Shakespeare’s Globe. Companies received a warm welcome followed by a break-neck 3-day schedule of rehearsal, technical rehearsal, and two performances on consecutive days, an equally warm send off, then home. Visiting companies were thrilled to be performing within the Globe’s ‘wooden O’ and to experience the uniqueness of the space.

Nikita Milivojevic, director of National Theatre Belgrade, commented: “I was thinking that if I have to choose some moments from my theatre life until now, last night was the one that I am going to remember forever”.

Kyu Choi from South Korea’s Yohangza Theatre Company added: “As an artist, if you’re really into Shakespeare’s work, performing in Shakespeare’s home at the Globe, that’s a great honor for us.”

Rawiri Paratene of Ngākau Toa from New Zealand said: “The first time I stepped onto the Globe stage, I said to myself, I would love to return one day with the troupe of Maori actors because we would be right at home on this stage. Last night, our company did the Maori Troilus and Cressida and we did it in a language to an audience that had mostly no knowledge of our language – some scene by scene sub-titles to help them along with the story. And they laughed at us, they cried with us, they sat through it and at the end they stood up and yelled and cheered and that was a blast to do that.”

Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of the Globe, concludes: “Globe to Globe has proved the most extraordinary pulling together of high art, compelling story-telling, and powerful acts of community. It has wildly exceeded our expectations, and proved an unforgettable experience for visiting artists and new audiences.”

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London 2012 Festival, said: ‘The ambition of the London 2012 Festival is to show new audiences world class art. The Globe has exceeded expectations by gaining 80% of bookings through new audiences, many of whom were from the communities represented on stage. This will be a great encouragement to events taking place across the UK this summer for the London 2012 Festival.’

Globe to Globe 2012 was part of the World Shakespeare Festival for the London 2012 Festival, the cultural celebrations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The World Shakespeare Festival and Globe to Globe is funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.

Globe to Globe Hamlet

On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe will embark on a two-year global tour of Hamlet that will take in every country in the world. The ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’, directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, will be a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure.

The small company of actors will travel to all nations in the world to stage Hamlet in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues, from town squares to national theatres. They will travel by boat, train, car and aeroplane, planning their routes across the seven continents to minimise the tour’s carbon footprint as much as possible.

The tour is already scheduled to play in some of the most extraordinary locations on Earth – further announcements will be made later in the year. To see where we are going visit http://globetoglobe.shakespearesglobe.com

 

 

 

The Globe