Since 2005 Gyula Castle Theatre has been organising an international Shakespeare Festival.in the court of the only gothic brick fortress that has survived in Central-Europe. The one week long Shakespeare Festival is part of a six-week all-arts festival program which features the best performances.of historical dramas, different forms of contemporary theatre, opera, musicals, ballet, modern dance, jazz, blues, puppet-shows, classical music, folk-music and folk-dance. 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.
Each year the Shakespeare Festival contains one new production from Gyula, presented several times. In addtion the Festival welcomes acclaimed Hungarian and International theatrical performances – companies such as Flute Theatre from England, South Korea’s Yohangza Theatre Company and Mokwha Repertory Company, the Georgian Rustavelli National Theatre, The Globe Theatre from London, Craiova National Theatre and the Teatrul Metropolis from Bucharest. The festival has already hosted international productions by Peter Brook, Oskaras Korsunovas, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Silviu Purcarete, Andrei Serban, Robert Sturua, Oh Tae Suh, as well as the best Hungarian artists and directors such as like László Bocsárdi, Csaba Horváth, Árpád Schilling, János Szász, Attila Vidnyánszky and Sándor Zsótér.
In addition to the main programme, festival guests can enjoy a renaissance and modern music concerts, street theatre performances, alternative theatrical performances, student performances, film screenings, Shakespeare conferences, and food from Shakespeare’s time – a festival of gastronomy. All these events give the festival a unique flavour.