The 6th Shakespeare Festival, which takes place from 27th June to 3rd July at Villa Stanković in Čortanovci, includes five theatre performances as part of the main repertoire and a number of accompanying events.
According to theatre director Nikita Milivojević, the Festival’s founder, the event was accepted as a member of the European Festival Association. Zagreb-based Gavela Theatre will open this year’s festival with their rendition of Richard III.
“Directed by Aleksandar Popovski, the fantastic Ozren Grabarić plays the leading role in Richard III. We are talking about a very strong theatrical presence. This is also in accordance with the Festival’s concept, namely to gather together theatres from around the world, as well as from the region, to perform Shakespeare,” said Milivojević.
The Festival will also feature the eminent Serbian actors such as Voja Brajović, Svetlana – Ceca Bojković, Svetozar Cvetković, Zijah Sokolović, and Vojin Ćetković. Rade Šerbedžija and Brik Krivokapić are also expected to perform.
Other performances at this year’s Festival include “The Tempest”, by a theatre from Nice, directed by Irene Brook, the daughter of the famous theatre director Peter Brook. The Bridge House Theatre from London will give us their rendition of “The Twelfth Night”, while on the last day of the Festival, the audiences will be able to enjoy in the screening of Kenneth Branagh’s film “All is True” which will take place at the Culture Centre Novi Sad.
It is held annually, in June, in the beautiful setting of a castle on the Danube bank in Čortanovci (a village in Serbia in the Municipality of Indjija, the Province of Vojvodina) – in Villa Stanković, one of the most picturesque summer residencies in Serbia, modelled after medieval castles in Lombardy. The festival was founded in 2014, on the initiative of Nikita Milivojević, one of the most important Serbian theatre directors, after the premiere of his performance of „Henry VI” in The Globe Theatre in London in May 2012.