Midsummer Scene, the only English theatre festival in Southeast Europe, returns for its fifth edition from June 20 to July 4, 2018. Despite being a relatively new cultural offering in Dubrovnik, the festival has already established itself as a major event and serves as an important platform for international projects and collaborations.
The inaugural edition of the festival, held in 2014, coincided with the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and set the stage for Dubrovnik to join the world celebrations of the important year with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a comedy written during one of Shakespeare’s most creative periods, at Fort Lovrijenac. Lovrijenac is one of Dubrovnik’s most atmospheric venues and has hosted many productions of the Bard’s best known plays over the years.
The 2018 Midsummer Scene theatre festival kicked off with another production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Helen Tennison and performed in English at Fort Lovrijenac. The play will run every night of the festival except June 26. Visitors also had a chance to catch a performance of Henry V (Man and Monarch), based on Shakespeare’s Henry V, at Sponza Palace on June 26. The award-winning play was directed by Philip Parr and performed by Brett Brown.
The Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik will host a production of H(2)O, a play based on Hamlet, performed in English and Polish by Anna Rakowska and Piotr Misztela on July 2, and Two Bards, scenes from Marin Držić’s Uncle Maroje and Shakespeare’s sonnets, directed by Filip Krenus and performed by the Festival Ensemble and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, with Andrea Marić, soprano, on July 5.
The Midsummer Scene Anniversary Concert, Five Seasons, took place at the Museum of Modern Art on June 26 with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, soprano Andrea Marić and tenor Đani Stipaničev performing the Overture from Oberon (or the Elf King’s Oath) by C.M. Weber, Concert suite no. 1 from L. Bernstein’s West Side Story, and a selection from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by F.B. Mendelssohn.
Midsummer Scene is a collaboration between the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Brilliant Events and Honey-tongued Theatre Productions Ltd. London.
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