07.09.2018 News / Reports

SEASON 2017/2018 AT YDT

Last night, William Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Miloš Lolić,  closed season 2017/2018 at Yugoslav Drama Theatre.  Here is a brief overview of this season.

Nebojša Glogovac left us in February, 2018. Not only was he a leading actor of his generation, member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre ensemble, but also one of the greatest actors in the history of theatre in Serbia.   He portrayed characters from both the classical and modern repertoire with the same aplomb, his performances in film and on stage have left an indelible mark on this period in our lives and his work will remain important for generations to come.  His death is a tragic and irreparable loss not only to YDT, Serbian theatre, film and television but also to the cultural and public life of the entire region.

New Productions

In season 2017/2018, five new productions opened at Yugoslav Drama Theatre. The first one was Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski. Opened on 15th October.  The author of the text Alan Lightman was at the opening night and the following day he gave a lecture under the title of The Physicist as Novelist on our Ljuba Tadić stage.  A producton of Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat, directed by Jana Maričić, opened on 18th November on our Studio YDT stage.  YDT’s Ljuba Tadić stage was the venue for the opening of A Month in the Country by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, directed by Iva Milošević.  We celebrated 70th anniversary of the first ever performance at YDT on 3rd April with the presentation of YDT Annual awards but also with the opening of The King of Betajnova by Ivan Cankar, directed by Milan Nešković.  The last production to open this year on our Ljuba Tadić stage was  Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler, directed by the Croatian director Bobo Jelčić.

Festivals and guest performances

As in previous years, YDT productions had guest performances at a number of festivals and theatres in Serbia and abroad: Moscow (Russia), Zagreb and Rijeka (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Tivat (Montenegro), Skopje (Macedonia), Lazarevac, Pančevo, Vršac, Užice, Ruma, Valjevo, Čačak.

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.

Guest peformances of Right You Are, If You Think So were given at the Purgatorije Mediterranean Theatre Festival in Tivat, Vršac Theatre Autumn international festival of classical theatre, on the stage of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Without Translation festival of Yugoslav theatre in Užice, on the stage of Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, at the second edition of Theatre Spring festival in Šabac and at the International Small Scenes Theatre Festival in Rijeka.

The Mercy Seat, a two-hander by Neil LaBute, directed by Jana Maričić  had a guest performance in Petrovac (Montenegro).

Our production of A Profitable Position by A. N. Ostrovsky, directed by Egon Savin, was performed at the international “Ostrovsky in the House of Ostrovsky” theatre festival at Maly Theatre in Moscow. Our guest performance in Moscow was accompanied by a press conference, round tables and a great level of interest in the production and state of play in theatres around Serbia.

Macedonian National Theatre in Skopje hosted two guest performances of Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo, directed by Maja Maletković , was performed as part of Fadil Hadžić Days of Satire theatre festival in Zagreb and The King of Betajnova by Ivan Cankar, directed by Milan Nešković, was performed on the stage of the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana.


Jelisaveta Seka Sablić won the best actor award at the Purgatorije Mediterranean Theatre Festival in Tivat for her performance in Right You Are, If You Think So by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Jagoš Marković.  This production also won first prize at the Vršac Theatre Autumn international festival of classical theatre.

The Milisav Buca Mirković award for best actor at the Milivoje Živanović Theatre Festival in Požarevac went to Boris Isaković for his performance in Under the Millstone.

Right You Are, If You Think So won three awards at the International Small Scenes Theatre Festival in Rijeka: The Veljko Maričić award for best actress went to Jelisaveta Sablić  for her portrayal of Lady Frola (Ex aequo), the Veljko Maričić award for best supporting role went to Nenad Jezdić for his portrayal of Mr Sirelli and the Ružica Nenadović Sokolić award for best costume design went to Bojana Nikitović.

100 & 200 dinar tickets

The very end of 2017 and early 2018 was marked by a campaign organised for the second time in cooperation with Raiffeisen bank  – Art Reduction – tickets for 100 and 200 dinars.  It was a kind of Season’s Greetings in the year when we celebrate our 70th anniversary.  The price of tickets for performances on our Ljuba Tadić stage was 200 dinars and 100 dinars for performances on the Studio YDT stage.  In only two days, nearly 12,000 tickets were sold for performances in January.

Guest performances at YDT

Snow by Orhan Pamuk, directed by Ersan Mondtag and produced by Thalia Theater from Germany as part of the Bitef theatre festival in September.

October saw a guest performance of What Would You Give Your Life For?, directed by Haris Pašović (East West Center from Sarajevo and Promena theatre from Novi Sad) on our Ljuba Tadić stage.

A performance of Duet for One by Tom Kempinski by the National Theatre in Sombor, directed by Nataša Radulović, took place on our Studio YDT stage in November.

In December, the Ljuba Tadić stage was busy with a guest performance of Wild Flesh by Goran Stefanovski, directed by Dino Mustafić (National Theatre Sarajevo).

Toward the end of May, we welcomed a guest performance by the Croatian National Theatre of  Men of Wax by Mate Matišić, directed by Januš Kica, to our Ljuba Tadić.

Union of Theatres in Europe

The Union of Theatres of Europe conference, part of the Conflict Zone project, was held in September at Yugoslav Drama Theatre. This was a continuation of the conference held in Milan on 20th May, 2016.

One of the topics of this conference were theatre structures and the creation of a new platform for cooperation between members of this important theatre institution. The overall goal was to improve the exchange of information and to expand our knowledge of budget theatres in Europe and beyond.

The conference in Belgrade was attended by CEOs of UTE member theatres in Greece, Romania, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Russia and Bulgaria. The conference was organised by the Union of Theatres of Europe together with Yugoslav Drama Theatre in the context of the CONFLICT ZONE project of the Union of Theatres of Europe which enjoys the support of European Union’s CREATIVE EUROPE programme.

Similar to previous years, representatives of YDT took part in conferences and meetings of the Union of Theatres of Europe of which we have been a member for the last eleven years.

YDT and Mirko Ilić work together

Early this season Yugoslav Drama Theatre  began working with Mirko Ilić, one of the most important graphic designers, illustrators and creators in the area of applied art in the world today and who designed the posters for all the five producti0ns that opened this season.

After an extremely successful career as a comics artist as well as in design in Yugoslavia and Europe, Mirko Ilić has spent the last thirty years living and working in New York. Thanks to his work for world renowned newspapers and magazines such as Time magazine  and The New York Times, the name of Mirko Ilić has become synonymous with world class graphic design and his works are now part of prestigious museum collections such as that of The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

Performances with subtitles

Over the last five 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.


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 the opening night but also about the history of Yugoslav Drama Theatre and its ensemble.

 And more…

Our two stages – Ljuba Tadić and Studio YDT witnessed more than 300 shows /performances during season 2017/2018 which were seen by more than 100,000 spectators.

This season we continued with our ART REDUCTION campaign which was even further improved through our cooperation with Raiffeisen bank when we were able to offer tickets at 100 and 200 dinars.

The number of people following us on social media is constantly growing and now we have over 5,600 followers on Twitter, more than 13,800 in our YDT Community on Facebook and over 4,000 followers on Instagram.

Rhearsals of The Glass Neck by Biljana Srbljanović, directed by Jagoš Marković, began in May. The cast includes Vesna Trivalić, Anita Mančić, Jelisaveta Seka Sablić, Dragan Mićanović, Irfan Mensur, Marko Janketić, Milica Gojković, Miloš Samolov, Slobodan Tešić…the production is expected to open in early October.


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