Bitola Shakespeare Festival is in Bitola Macedonia is project of Bitola National Theater and happens on several stages in the theater as well as in open spaces out of which the Ancient Theater of Heracleia , 2 km far from Bitola, is most attractive .
The idea for organizing the festival was born in London 2012 while participating at Globe to Globe Festival with our performance „Henry the VI – part three” that was considered as very successful.
Later on we found that a lots of Shakespeare’s plays were already staged in our Theater as the first professional theater in Macedonia with continuity of more than 70 years, so far.
Three of the actors who played Hamlet were also from Bitola too.
Bitola has a lots of audience during the season but we think that the festival is bringing lots of others work especially international , that gives sort of different experience for the audience but also tho theater professionals.
This year the Festival will happen 23-30 of June .
Last three editions were successful and broth a lots of interest for it in the town from big theater Companies but also small productions, work shops, discussions and concerts. We hosted Companies from the region as from Serbia, Albania and Bulgaria but also from China, USA, Mexico , Russia, Holland and this year for the first time from Poland and Israel .
Bitola Shakespeare Festival was big inspiration for other Theaters in Macedonia to stage more performances by Shakespeare and show their job at the Festival.
Bitola National Theater also produces a play of Shakespeare every year since the festival was established .
Interest for the Festival growers every year and we hope that the participation in European Network of Shakespeare Festivals that happened this year will bring more international companies, famous directors and different sorts of collaborations with other members.