Prestigious theatres from all continents will take the stage at the 11th edition of the Shakespeare International Festival running in Craiova April 23 – May 6, under the organization of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre House.
Manager of the “Marin Sorescu” Theatre Alexandru Boureanu told a press conference that the current event is a “de luxe edition, much awaited by the entire Romanian theatrical community and not only,” while honorary president of the Shakespeare Festival Emil Boroghina said that the theme of this year’s edition is “Planet Shakespeare”.
After being in the doldrums for some time, the festival is now getting full-blown support from the National Theatre House. Since its getting aware, in 2014, of the festival’s significance for the image of the city, the Craiova City Hall has also been offering it unconditional support. Created in 1994, the festival checked a milestone in 2006 when it started featuring themed performances. This year’s logo is “Planet Shakespeare” and we invited shows from around all continents, Boroghina said.
As of this year the festival is directed by Vlad Dragulescu and Ilarian Stefanescu. The award of the Shakespeare International Festival will be presented this year to Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski and his wife Malgorzata Szczesniak.
According to Boroghina, given the special occasion of the Great Union Centennial this year, the organisers have decided that the long-standing national theatre houses in Iasi, Craiova and Bucharest, dating from before 1918, alongside the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre set up in 1919, and the “Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre in Chisinau should stage Shakespearean performances out of the desire to have national companies act under a flagship theme.
Shakespeare Festival co-director Vlad Dragulescu said that the event this year, “the best so far” will host 40 theatrical events, 26 of which are shows.
“Mr. Boroghina succeeds all the time in persuading luminaries from all over the world to come to Craiova. There are seven different venues for the events – the National Theatre, the Colibri Theatre, the Romanian Opera House, the Summer Theatre House, public spaces. Tickets are available as of today on the festival’s website and the box office, with prices ranging from 45 to 102 lei,” Dragulescu said.