ESFN meeting in Barcelona

In September 2014, ESFN members met in Barcelona during the IX th Festival Shakespeare at the invitation of Montse Vellvechi who is the director of the Festival. Important part of this and every meeting were long discussions about past events, exchange of experience and  ideas for next year’s programmes of Shakespeare festivals and other artistic projects.

We had an opportunity to see most of the festival performances such as: “Desdemona” based on Othello, Timo D’Athenes, “Up all night” based on „A midsummer’s night dream” and „Henry the V”

We kept our fingers crossed for premiere of “Prince H.Universe” performed by Catalan actor Alex Sanz. The performance was directed by Lars Romann Engel- director of Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle in Elsinore, where Alex spent few weeks of intense stage work. Polish Prince H. went to Barcelona to support his friend as well ! International versions of the play were produced thanks to Network colaboration.

Special thanks for an invitation and hospitality to Montse, Sandra and David and to all their colleagues in the theatres we visited . Memories of sunny Barcelona will keep us warm during whole winter season. Hope to see you soon !

ESFN meeting in Barcelona, 2014.

ESFN meeting in Barcelona, 2014.

Festival Shakespeare in Barcelona 23rd-29th October2014

Festival XI edition, 2nd in Barcelona

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„The Festival was born, grew up, but it didn’t get large. It is small and it remains so. Shakespeare is great, maybe the greatest. We have to look at him with respect. And so we do. But for the Catalan culture, and for all the ones who love him, Shakespeare has become a familiar character, one of us; because we feel him close, and we want him to be one of our own who is close to us. The Festival is neither big nor spectacular; it is a small thing that makes us fight. Is it reasonable to fight for something small?

It seems
so, because we are here again, we are still here. And we sweat and cry and laugh, and we get angry and excited. And then we know that we are big. And we are big because despite all the difficulties and obstacles, from our perseverance, effort and imagination, we raise each year our little tribute to one of the greatest. Last year the Festival was made possible thanks to all the people that took part in it and we moved forward because of the strength that we received from friends and media. Through the hands of La Perla 29, directed by Oriol Broggi, the Festival arrived in Barcelona and was a reality in the city’s cultural scene. This year we present the XI edition. Thanks. Openings, readings, lectures, talks, party… We like to think of the Festival as an exhibition and output space. A program where those new and emerging scenes find their place. A stage for this artistic beat that exists and that not always finds a reality to express itself. Always around Shakespeare, for sure, but always open to new interpretations, reinterpretations and revisions of the classics.
We are part of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network. We also like to think that we open a window to Europe through which to show and offer the things, the small things, and the big ones, that we do in our country, our small country.
Finally, we want to thank the Town Council, the Generalitat, the Ramon Llull Institute, the Theatre Institute, the Danish Institute and all our sponsors: El Periódico, Catalunya Radio, Vins i caves Gramona and Moritz, as well as all the people who have made this, small and big Festival”.
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Montse Vellvehí, Barcelona Shakespeare Festival Director

For program of Shakespeare Festival in Barcelona click HERE

 


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Prince H. Universe in Catalonia

PRINCE H Universe

with Àlex Sanz as a Prince H.

  A young Institut del Teatre actor-Alex Sanz spend some days in Elsinor (Denmark)  with director of the play- Lars Romann Engel and Polish actor Jaub Snochowski.  During this time 2 new language versions ( Catalonian and Polish) of this performance were created.

Prince H aims at reaching schoolchildren and teenagers. Its idea is to tell the story of the young Hamlet from a young and modern point of view.

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  Left or right? About the fact of having to take decisions. The story of HamletScenen at the Kronborg Castle is inspired by William Shakespeare, who created this dramatic universe that plays around questions of identity, existence and opinion.

Prince H.Universe play-discussion makes a new cultural heritage by developing a common language to talk about the identity and formative project of modern man. Everything takes form from the way we talk. Language is power. The language controls the way we perceive ourselves and how we see others and the world. The language generates the acting option that we see; that is why „Príncep H.Univers” is a discussion-play that interacts with the audience.

 Right or left? All lives are formed by decisions. Options grow exponentially while the rules and the common values crumble. Changes have a basic condition. We cannot give a definitive answer to anything. To develop ourselves as human beings we need to be in touch with our feelings.

 

26th of October, 12pm

28th October, 11am & 12.30pm

Teatre Romea, Barcelona

FREE ADMISSION

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Gdansk Shakespeare Festival 27th September- 5th October

The 18th International Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk is very special this year not only because it has come of age but most of all because of the opening of the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre. From this year on the majority of the performances will be taking place at this new state-of-the-art theatre. However the festival will not change its format and will still encompass the whole of the Tricity.

 

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Grand Opening of Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre has finally opened on 19th September !

And what an opening it was! Acrobats flying in the air above the theatre’s open roof, a splendid gala inside the theatre with the Polish and international VIPs including the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk and the British ambassador, Robin Barnett and a triumphant march of hundreds of the citizens of Gdansk across the theatre accompanied by Shakespearean characters.

The Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre is the first purpose-built theatre which has been built in Poland in the past 40 years. It is a theatre that is one of a kind, with its opening roof which allows for performances with natural daylight. It has taken almost twenty years to realise Prof Jerzy Limon’s dream. His great achievement aided by an army of enthusiasts, sponsors, politicians and thanks to the combined EU and Polish government funding has been celebrated on September 19th.

Photo:Greg Goodale

Soon after, on September 20th the first season of the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre has opened with the touring production of Hamlet by Shakespeare’s Globe theatre from London, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. British travelling actors stayed for four days and performed to sold out auditoria and standing ovations. Their Hamlet inaugurated the Britiish Week, a series of events devoted to British culture including a comic one-man show, I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch Theatre, a dance and physical theatre performance, Missing by Gecko Theatre and a Polish adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart. The British week at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre is accompanied by a British film retrospective, concerts and exhibitions.

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Prince H.Universe

European Shakespeare Festivals Network in cooperation with our member- Hamletscenen Theatre (Denmark) is proud to announce that our new project has began. Prince H.Universe is a the one-man talk show in which the young host Prince H. discusses the universal everyday dilemmas facing teenagers today – told through the stories of ordinary people. Stories about family break-ups. About the death of a loved one. About sexuality. About the consequences of bullying on Facebook. And about body image, plastic surgery and the right to be yourself while still respecting the group.

In this way, Prince H. himself takes the lead and creates an interactive reflective space with room for everyone. On his journey, he is overcome by his own doubt – right or left – and asks the audience’s advice with great authenticity. In this meeting – one-to-one – vital and inclusive conversations with young people arise about strong feelings, feelings that may be both difficult to tackle and put into words on a busy school day. Prince H. Universe is continuously being developed with the help of schools, youth education programmes and other partners focusing on young people’s life skills and life opportunities.

 

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Performance was so far successfully presented in Denmark. At the beginning of September actors Jakub Snochowski and Alex Sanz Amat have arrived to Helsingor where they will work with director Lars Romann Engel on polish and spanish adaptations of this play. More information & photos from this part of project  will be posted on our website soon.

Summer with Shakespeare in Gdańsk

While some of Shakespeare Festivals in Europe have come to an end – Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival is still about to start. This year is very special because Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre will be opened on 19th September. Prelude to this event is cycle “Summer with Shakespeare”.  Its aim is to introduce audience ( both citizens and tourists who visit Gdańsk ) to the idea and activity of Shakespeare Theatre in Gdańsk by presenting short performances based on Shakespeare plays. The play ”Love scenes from Shakespeare”is performed in the open courtyard of the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre which is an unique opportunity to visit this spot for the last time before the Grand Opening.
One of the spectator was Magdalena Cieślak who visited us and shared her reflexions on “Blogging Shakespeare” site :

“Shakespeare without words is nothing new, but Shakespeare without words, with pantomime and elements of acrobatics, with powerful background video images, and with electrifying live accompaniment of an electric cello is quite a new experience, especially when set in the yard of the brand new Shakespeare Theatre in Gdańsk.

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre is a beautiful minimalist building of black brick. While the final works are still continuing, its yard is already hosting a “Summer with Shakespeare” cycle. Love Scenes from Shakespeare’s Plays, a show by Teatr Sztuk from Wrocław, is the first performance of the cycle.”

To read whole article visit Blogging Shakespeare

 

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Cycle ”Summer with Shakespeare” will last till 18th September and will surprise the audience with many more scenes from “Macbeth”, “The Tempest” or “The Merchant of Venice” in various way of performing: from puppet theatre to street theatre actions.

Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle: 1st – 10th August 2014

Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle is a national Danish event, established in 1816 as the Shakespeare tradition at Kronborg Castle. These spectacular and amazing world-class interpretations of Shakespeare are produced and performed by some of today’s most prestigious theatre companies.  Experience magical summer evenings when the castle courtyard once again buzzes with international atmosphere this August. You are guaranteed world-class theatre when sublime actors vivaciously tread on stage. Exclusive entertainment with intimacy and intensity.

Become a part of the special Kronborg atmosphere when intrigue, forbidden love, vanity, power, humour, hatred, revenge and provocations fill the castle courtyard. Shakespeare’s Globe, Stockholm Musik Teater, Peter Brooke’s blockbuster King Lear, and Shakespeare in Concert can be experienced by audiences this year at the Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle from 1st - 10th August 2014.

Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle since 1816:

The festival opens with Shakespeare’s Globe from London and their sparkling new production of Much Ado About Nothing. Stockholm’s Music Theater appear on stage with their humorous tour de force musical, „William” – an award-winner at the New York Fringe Festival in 2013. This year’s Open Air Cinema offers an exclusive showing of King Lear from 1971 filmed by the legendary British director Peter Brook. As a new initiative, Shakespeare in Concert is presented as a festive and musical conclusion to this year’s festival

For detailed programme click here

Reflexion on Gyula Festival

Shakespeare Festival in Gyula has come to an end. It was visited not only by many significant artist but also by some influential viewers . One of them was Stanley Wells, Honorary President and a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthday Trust, who shared some reflections on Gyula Festival on his blog- http://bloggingshakespeare.com.

„I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list.”

„The festival, presided over since its inception by the genial and immensely hard-working Jozsef Gedeon, offers a truly international series of performances based more or less closely on Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Of those that I saw only one, Much Ado About Nothing, performed on the Castle stage by the touring company from Shakespeare’s Globe, offered a reasonably straightforward, text-based version of the play. Expertly acted, it was well received by a packed audience. Beyond this the festival demonstrated the current contemporaneity of Shakespeare in a number of performances that showed how fertile his works can be as stimuli to new forms of theatrical activity”

To read whole article visit: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf

I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list. – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list. – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list. – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list. – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list. – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list. – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. Dominated by a splendid medieval brick castle close to a lake in what is now an attractive municipal park, the town is famous for its hot thermal baths. Its annual Shakespeare festival, now in its tenth year, is part of a longer festival season catering for summer visitors from far and wide. It is also part of a larger network of European Shakespeare Festivals of no less interest and cultural significance than their American counterparts which take place in, among other locations, Gdansk, in Poland, Neuss, in Germany, and Craiova in Romania, the last of which I visited in June. Next year York, Great Britain, will join the list. – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
Stanley Wells is Honorary President and a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
Stanley Wells is Honorary President and a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
Stanley Wells is Honorary President and a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpufas visited not only by many  influential artist but also by some significant viewers. One of them was
Stanley Wells is Honorary President and a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf
Stanley Wells is Honorary President and a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, – See more at: http://bloggingshakespeare.com/shakespeare-gyula#sthash.QvXxXqWx.dpuf

Shakespeare Festival in Gyula has started!

The Gyula Castle Theatre operates in the court of the only gothic brick fortress that has survived in Central-Europe.

Between 3rd – 13th July 2014 the guests will be entertained with great variety of performances which are available not only the court of the fortress that is turned into a theatre, but also on the nearby lake-stage and on stages set up at different places around. Festival opens with new production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, one of the most popular Shakespeare’s comedy directed by David Doiashvili. As in previous editions, this year will be enriched with variety of musical performances basing on Shakespeare’s work like concert of the W.H. band by Sena and Akkezdet Phia Süveg Márk „Saiid” - Hungarian slam poetry champion.

This year we are celebrating 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday. On this occasion film ”The Shakespeare mystery ”will be screened.

Worldwide famous theatre companies like Shakespeare’s Globe from London with “Much Ado About Nothing” or directors such as Luk Perceval with “Macbeth” can not be unnoticed. Those will be part of Shakespeare Fringe Festival which starts on 10th June.

On July 11th -12th an international conference will take place with a guiding question-“Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?”

Gyula Festival poster

For detailed program click here.