Yerevan International Shakespeare Theater Festival was founded in 2004 by director Hakob Ghazanchyan 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 Yerevan International Shakespeare Theater Festival 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 2016 the festival was honoured to host its guests and participants: Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Dieter Topp, Robert Sturua, Emre Erdem, Pip Utton, groups from more than 15 countries expending the geography.
Shakespeare international theater festival is a unique part of the European Shakespeare festivals that follows the theater news around the world and presents it to the Armenian audience.
It is worth mentioning that due to Shakespeare festival Armenian theater’s Shakespeare traditions were revived leading to new Armenian performances that is possible watch during the festival.
Thus, making and filling the pages of rich Armenian Shakespeare theater traditions, the festival became one of the beloved events in the country to which people are looking forward.
In the prospective of the festival is the broadening the geography, new international projects and co-production in 2018.