07.07.2017 News / Reports

SEASON 2016/2017 AT YDT

During season 2016/2017 lots of things happened at YDT.  Five new productions opened.  Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, opened on 17th September.  Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin, opened on 16th October and the very end of 2016 was marked by the opening of  Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau, directed by Boris Liješević, on 23rd December.  Molière’s Dom Juan, directed by Gorčin Stojanović, opened on 26th  February and the last production to open during this season was Luigi Pirandello’s Right You Are, If You Think So, directed by Jagoš Marković, on 4th June.

Festivals and guest performances

As in previous years, YDT productions had guest performances at a number of festivals and theatres in Serbia and abroad: Vienna (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Zagreb (Croatia), Užice, Lazarevac, Pančevo, Požarevac, Šabac.

A guest performance of Nora! What Happened after Nora Left Her Husband; or Pillars of Society by Elfriede Jelinek, directed by Snežana Trišić, was included in last year’s BITEF theatre festival showcase.

Shakeaspeare’s Hamlet, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, was included in the programme of Without Translation festival of Yugoslav theatre in Užice but also saw guest performances at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Volkstheater in Vienna.  In May, Hamlet was taken to another theatre festival, this time the International theatre festival in Rijeka.

The production of Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin, was included in the programmes of Milivoje Živanović Theatre Festival in Požarevac and that of Theatre Spring festival in Šabac.


On the occasion of 21st edition of  Yugoslav Theatre Festival in Užice, actor Vlasta Velisavljević received a special award for his portrayal of Hamlet’s father in our production of Hamlet and the award for set design in the same production went to NUMEN and Ivana Jonke.

The Golden Turkey annual award for life achievement at the Days of Comedy theatre festival in Jagodina went to Vlasta Velisavljević, an honorary member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre ensemble.  Mr Velisavljević is currently appearing in our productions of Hamlet, A Suspicious Person and The Imaginary Invalid.

During second edition of Theatre Spring festival in Šabac, the journalists’ jury was unanimous in awarding the “Zalog za Budućnost” journalists award to Jelena Petrović for her portrayal of Stana in Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin.

The jury of the International Theatre Festival in Rijeka (2-10 May) gave the Dorian Sokolić award for best set design to NUMEN group and Ivana Jonke for their work on our production of Hamlet.

Guest performances at YDT

In May we opened our doors to the Croatian National Theatre production of Three Winters by Tena Štivičić, directed by Ivica Buljan.

In June we were happy to welcome a guest performance from the Slovene National Theatre of Goethe’s Faust, directed by Tomaž Pandur.

Branka and Mlađa Veselinović award for 2016

Two famous actors from the pantheon of Yugoslav Drama Theatre were Branka and Mlađa Veselinović, members of the first group of actors to join YDT when it was founded in 1947. They made a donation to YDT Foundation to set up a best actor award to be awarded for best performance by an actor or actress in any of the productions that opened at Yugoslav Drama Theatre that given season.

The jury composed of Vojin Ćetković, Srđan Timarov and Miloš Krečković decided that the recipient of this award for 2016 would be Nebojša Glogovac for his performance in Hamlet. The award ceremony took place in April during the YDT anniversary celebrations.

Union of Theatres in Europe

YDT representatives took part in the General assemblies of the Union of Theatres in Europe held in Bochum, Germany and in Oporto, Portugal.  YDT became a member of this prestigious theatre association 11 years ago.

Performances with subtitles

Over the last four years, Yugoslav Drama Theatre has given performances with English subtitles.  We believe that this way we are contributing to the general improvement of tourist offer in Belgrade and also helping our audiences grow.  During 2015/2016 season we also introduced subtitles in Serbian in an effort to use the resources we had at our disposal to do what was in our power to improve the quality of life of people with impaired hearing.


Ever since 2012, Yugoslav Drama Theatre has taken part in the university programme for practical skills development organised by the Belgrade City Council – BG PRAKSA. The aim of the programme is to provide young graduates or soon-to-be graduates with an opportunity to take part in the everyday life of the theatre, in rehearsals or in the artistic department of YDT in order to put the knowledge acquired during their studies into practice and gain some additional practical skills. On occasions we have also organised tours of our premises where visitors can find out more about what goes on back stage as well as on stage, basic principles of theatre art, the stages a production needs to go through from the beginning to its premiere but also about the history of Yugoslav Drama Theatre and its ensemble.

In Memoriam

The great Mira Stupica, member of Yugoslav Drama Theatre since its inception.  Her performances in YDT productions but also in other theatres, film and television left an indelible mark in the theatre history of Yugoslavia and Serbia.  Mirjana Vukojčić, long standing member of Yugoslav Drama Theatre.  Her talent, sensibility and dedication to the art of theatre will forever remain part of the success and achievements of YDT

And more…

Our two stages – Ljuba Tadić and Studio YDT saw more than 300 performances during the 2016/2017 season which were seen by more than 96,000 spectators.

This season we continued with our ART REDUCTION activities.

The number of people following us on social networks is constantly growing and now we have over 5,000 followers on Twitter, more than 12,500 members in our YDT Community on Facebook and over 1,450 followers on Instagram.

Next season

This September Yugoslav Drama Theatre will be hosting the Union of Theatres in Europe conference on theatre structures which will bring together a number of professionals from different areas. In October (6-8 OCT), during the Crossroads theatre festival in Prague, representatives of artistic departments of UTE member theatres will meet to discuss their work so far and possibilities of working together on joint projects.

Our production of  Right You Are, If  You Think So by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Jagoš Marković, will be taking part in the Mediterranean theatre festival “Purgatorije” in Tivat

The opening of  Enstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski, is scheduled for October.  The author of the text Alan Lightman has confirmed he will be at our theatre on opening night.

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