25th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival Programme

The jubilee 25th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Gdańsk will be held on July 30 – August 8, 2021. We will see performances from: Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Belgium and Poland. The organizers of the Shakespeare Festival are the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theater and the Theatrum Gedanense Foundation. This is a special edition, not only because of a quarter Read More

23rd Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival- Programme

Performances, concerts, workshops, meetings with artists, seminars ,OFF stage: monodramas, street theatre, performances, happenings The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival is one of the biggest international events which, thanks to the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation, every year hosts the best Shakespeare productions and the most eminent theatre artists from all over the world. Mainstage presentations Read More

Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival with EFFE Award!

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe – is the European Festivals Association’s mark of recognition for Europe’s most exciting arts festivals Respected festival representatives from across Europe gathered in Brussels on 18 September for the Arts Festivals Salon and announcement of the 2017 EFFE Awards. EFFE is the scheme for the recognition of Read More

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival programme

  July 28th – August 6th 2017 Performances, concerts, workshops, meetings with artists, seminars OFF stage: monodramas, street theatre, performances, happenings The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival is one of the biggest international events which, thanks to the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation, every year hosts the best Shakespeare productions and the most eminent theatre artists Read More

20. Gdansk Shakespeare Festival Programme

20. Gdansk Shakespeare Festival Programme The Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival in 2016 will take place from 29 July to 7th August. The 20 years anniversary edition will comprise many unusal attractions from around the world including Great Britain, Israel,Italy and Iran. Main Stage Events programme: 29th of July 2016 (Friday) 6pm- The Opening of the Festival „Shakespeare Read More

Shakespeare 400 in Gdańsk!

The Day of April 23th has traditionally been dedicated to William Shakespeare as this is the day of his death and asserted day of his birthday. This year the whole world is celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death. The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre was commemorating the date with a unique event comprising films presentations and street happening Read More

EFFE Awards 2015-2016

250 leading personalities gathered to celebrate the 12 winners of the EFFE Awards 2015-2016, and the art that brings millions of people together each year at Europe’s thousands of festivals. EFFE’s International Jury, international experts, with expertise from Aachen to Zagreb via New York gave out the awards to honour Europe’s agenda-setting festivals. The event took place at Read More

Maria Joao sings for Shakespeare

Once again thanks to ESFN collaboration very special Shakespearian project came to live. Three brilliant musicians gathered together to create unusual programme titled „Songs for Shakespeare”. Premiere performance took place during Gyuila Shakespeare Festival thanks to an effort of its director Josef Gedeon. „Songs for Shakespeare” were performed on Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival . It will also  be part of Read More

Photo review of 19th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival

19th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival took place on 31st July-9th August 2015 in Gdańsk ,Poland. Over 300 artists from  from Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Georgia and England were presented. Among these, works of renowned masters like  Luk Perceval (‚Macbeth’, Baltic House, St. Petersburg), László Bocsárdi (‚Hamlet’, Tamási Áron Theatre, Sfântu-Gheorghe), Robert Sturua (‚Julius Ceasar’, Rustaveli Read More

19th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival 31st July-9th August Programme

The Shakespeare Festival on its 19th edition returns to the traditional summer date. This year it will take place on 31st July-9th August. The festival is one of its kind in Poland and one of the largest in the whole world. Its organizers – the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation – each year present Read More

Shakespeare Festivals honored with EFFE Label 2015-2016

Shakespeare Festivals honored with EFFE Label 2015-2016 EFFE is proud to announce the results of Europe’s finest festivals honored with the EFFE Label 2015-2016. Following a process of intense evaluation from national experts to an international jury, Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare festival in Hamlets Castle and Festival Shakespeare in Barcelona now belong to the first Read More

Prince H.Universe as an ESFN project

The Beginning. Who is Prince H.?

Prince H.Universe is a one-man talk show in which the young host Prince H. discusses the universal everyday dilemmas facing teenagers today – told through his own life and through the contributions of his audience.  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.

As the host of the show, Prince H. takes the lead and creates an interactive reflective space with room for everyone. On his journey, he is confronts his own doubts – right or left – and asks the audience’s advice with great authenticity. During 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.

Danish actor Christian Bergman as Prince H.

Prince H. Universe was devised and directed in 2010 by Lars Romann Engel – Artistic Director of Hamletscenen in Elsinore. Since then the Danish version of the show has been successfully performed in over 300 schools in Denmark. After that  Prince H.  decided to travel the world.

Prince H. goes international

In September 2014 in cooperation with European Shakespeare Festivals Network and with a support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Danish Cultural Institute, Polish actor Jakub Snochowski arrived in Elsinore to spend three weeks of intensive work on a Polish adaptation of the script, which he also rehearsed for performance. The main difficulty was not only to translate the text, but also to adapt it to a very different cultural background . At the same time Catalonian actor Alex Sanz Amat worked on his version of the play.

The meeting of Catalonian, Danish, and Polish Prince H. in Elsinore.

On 25th and 26th September Prince H arrived in Poland where open rehearsals took place for young audiences. This was first real opportunity to gather opinions and reflexions about the project from those to whom it is addressed.

The Premiere of the polish performance was given on 27th September during the 18th Gdansk Shakespeare Festival.

Then, between the 29th September and the 3rd October Prince H. travelled across polish schools in the Pomerania region with 7 successful presentations of the shows to over 600 participants aged 13 to 17.

Schools which participated in the project were secondary schools: Gimnazjum no 19 in Gdynia and Gimnazjum no 9 in Gdańsk and high schools: III Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Gdynia, Zespół Szkół Handlowych in Sopot, VIII Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Gdańsk, Zespół Szkół Hotelarsko-Gastronomicznych in Gdańsk and II Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Gdańsk, who posted a special report on their website.

Photo: Greg Goodale
Jakub Snochowski as a Prince H. on premiere performance in Gdańsk


  The further adventures of Prince H.

 On 26th October there was a premiere of   Prince H. Universe in Catalan as a part of the program of Shakespeare Festival in Barcelona. More info is here.

In spring of 2015 an English version of the play will be produced by York Shakespeare Festival, who is also a member of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network. As well, actors from the USA will prepare an American production.

The ongoing story and progress of Prince H. will be developed with the help of schools, youth education programmes and other partners focusing on young people’s life skills and life opportunities. We hope that other productions will be developed by more partner festivals in the future.

What makes this project even more unusual – Prince H. is a  part of a larger cycle of the  stories of 3 Shakespearean family members told from a modern point of view. Hamletscenen recently announced that there are two more parts to come: Queen G. Universe and King C. Universe . Maybe Queen and a King will be willing to travel across an Europe too…?

Preview of the H. Family metting

Prince H.Universe project in Poland is supported by:

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The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage                                          Danish Cultural Institute