12.04.2017 News / Reports


At the second edition of Theatre Spring festival in Šabac, the jury consisting of journalists Borka Golubović Trebješanin (Politika), Tanja Nježić (Blic) and Vukica Strugar (Večernje novosti) 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 statement issued by the jury said – In her portrayal of Stana in the Yugoslav Drama Production of ‘Under the Millstone’, Jelena Petrović has used her rich dramatic potential to give a subtle and yet forceful performance, thus adding another layer to the play where we see examined the burden of misery that deforms a human being on the one hand, and on the other the redeeming power of love and hope.

This is yet an0ther outstanding performance by this young actress and yet another confirmation of her acting abilities and a promise of her future contribution to the art of theatre. 

06.04.2017 News / Reports


On the 3rd of April Yugoslav Drama Theatre celebrates its 69th birthday. Tamara Vučković Manojlović CEO gave the introductory speech listing all the most important events that took place in the previous year but also mentioned the ongoing situation concerning our Bojan Stupica stage. She pointed out that all steps are being taken to solve all the complicated legal and formal issues in order to begin reconstruction work as soon as possible and all this with the generous support of the City of Belgrade and the city municipality of Savski Venac. On this occasion we presented our Annual Awards together with the Branka and Mlađa Veselinović Award for 2016.

This year’s laurates were present at the award ceremony together with Branko Cvejić, Branka Veselinović, Predrag Ejdus, Egon Savin, Sonja Vukićević, Dragan Mićanović, Voja Brajović and many others.

Annual awards:

1. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for theatre direction for Hamlet by William Shakespeare – Aleksandar Popovski

2 Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for set design and exceptional artistic contribution to the production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski – Sven Jonke

3. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for costume design and exceptional artistic contribution to the production of  Dom Juan by Jean – Baptiste Poquelin Molière, directed by Gorčin Stojanović – Lana Cvijanović

4. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for the role of Ghost of Hamlet’s Father in Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski – Vlastimir Velisavljević

5. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for the role of Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo, directed by Maja Maletković and the role of Pinglet in Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau, directed by Boris Liješević – Nikola Đuričko

6. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for the role of Anguelique in Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau, directed by Boris Liješević and the role of Donna Elvira in Dom Juan by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, directed by Gorčin Stojanović – Anđelika Simić

7. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for the role of Pierrot in Dom Juan by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, directed by Gorčin Stojanović – Goran Daničić

8. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award to Boris Isaković, Anita Mančić, Marko Janketić, Jelena Petrović, Amar Ćorović, Bojan Lazarov, Nebojša Milovanović, Vesna Stanković, Milica Gojković, Miodrag Dragićević, Nenad Jezdić and Nebojša Ljubišić – the cast of Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin

9. Yugoslav Drama Theatre special Dr Branivoj Đorđević Award for Diction for the role of Panta in Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin – Nebojša Ljubišić

10. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award for exceptional contribution to maintaining high standard of operation, to head tailor in the Costume department – Evica Mančić

11. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award to maintaining high standard of operation in Box Office duties – Aleksandar Ranđelović

12. Yugoslav Drama Theatre Annual Award to maintaining high standard of operation to sound engineer – Igor Bošković

13. The jury comprised of Vojin Ćetković, Srđan Timarov and Miloš Krečković gave the Annual Branka and Mlađa Veselinović YDT Foundation award for best actor in a YDT production in 2016 to Nebojša Glogovac for the role of Hamlet in the production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski

06.04.2017 News / Reports


On the 3rd April we celebrate the anniversary of Yugoslav Drama Theatre. Once again we get together with our friends, associates, former ensemble members and present our Annual awards.

27.03.2017 News / Reports


International Theatre Institute ITI

World Organization for the Performing Arts

World Theatre Day Message 2017

Isabelle Huppert, France

So, here we are once more. Gathered again in Spring, 55 years since our inaugural meeting, to celebrate World Theatre Day. Just one day, 24 hours, is dedicated to celebrating theatre around the world. And here we are in Paris, the premier city in the world for attracting international theatre groups, to venerate the art of theatre. Paris is a world city, fit to contain the globes theatre traditions in a day of celebration; from here in France’s capital we can transport ourselves to Japan by experiencing Noh and Bunraku theatre, trace a line from here to thoughts and expressions as diverse as Peking Opera and Kathakali; the stage allows us to linger between Greece and Scandinavia as we envelope ourselves in Aeschylus and Ibsen, Sophocles and Strindberg; it allows us to flit between Britain and Italy as we reverberate between Sarah Kane and Prinadello. Within these twenty-four hours we may be taken from France to Russia, from Racine and Moliere to Chekhov; we can even cross the Atlantic as a bolt of inspiration to serve on a Campus in California, enticing a young student there to reinvent and make their name in theatre. Indeed, theatre has such a thriving life that it defies space and time; its most contemporary pieces are nourished by the achievements of past centuries, and even the most classical repertories become modern and vital each time they are played anew. Theatre is always reborn from its ashes, shedding only its previous conventions in its new-fangled forms: that is how it stays alive. World Theatre Day then, is obviously no ordinary day to be lumped in with the procession of others. It grants us access to an immense space-time continuum via the sheer majesty of the global canon. To enable me the ability to conceptualise this, allow me to quote a French playwright, as brilliant as he was discreet, Jean Tardieu: When thinking of space, Tardieu says it is sensible to ask “what is the longest path from one to another?”…For time, he suggests measuring, “in tenths of a second, the time it takes to pronounce the word ‘eternity’”…For space-time, however, he says: “before you fall asleep , fix your mind upon two points of space, and calculate the time it takes, in a dream, to go from one to the other”. It is the phrase in a dream that has always stuck with me. It seems as though Tardieu and Bob Wilson met. We can also summarise the temporal uniqueness of World Theatre day by quoting the words of Samuel Beckett, who makes the character Winnie say, in his expeditious style: “Oh what a beautiful day it will have been”. When thinking of this message, that I feel honoured to have been asked to write, I remembered all the dreams of all these scenes. As such, it is fair to say that I did not come to this UNESCO hall alone; every character I have ever played is here with me, roles that seem to leave when the curtain falls, but who have carved out an underground life within me, waiting to assist or destroy the roles that follow; Phaedra, Araminte, Orlando, Hedda Gabbler, Medea, Merteuil, Blanche DuBois….Also supplementing me as I stand before you today are all the characters I loved and applauded as a spectator. And so it is, therefore, that I belong to the world. I am Greek, African, Syrian, Venetian, Russian, Brazilian, Persian, Roman, Japanese, a New Yorker, a Marseillais, Filipino, Argentinian, Norwegian, Korean, German, Austrian, English – a true citizen of the world, by virtue of the personal ensemble that exists within me. For it is here, on the stage and in the theatre, that we find true globalization. On World Theatre Day in 1964, Laurence Olivier announced that, after more than a century of struggle, a National Theatre has just been created in the United Kingdom, which he immediately wanted to morph into an international theatre, at least in terms of its repertoire. He knew well that Shakespeare belonged to the world. In researching the writing of this message, I was glad to learn that the inaugural World Theatre Day message of 1962 was entrusted to Jean Cocteau, a fitting candidate due to his authoring of the book ‘Around the World Again in 80 Days’. This made me realise that I have gone around the world differently. I did it in 80 shows or 80 movies. I include movies in this as I do not differentiate between playing theatre and playing movies, which surprises even me each time I say it, but it is true, that’s how it is, I see no difference between the two. Speaking here I am not myself, I am not an actress, I am just one of the many people that theatre uses as a conduit to exist, and it is my duty to be receptive to this – or, in other words, we do not make theatre exist, it is rather thanks to theatre that we exist. The theatre is very strong. It resists and survives everything, wars, censors, penury. It is enough to say that “the stage is a naked scene from an indeterminate time” – all’s it needs is an actor. Or an actress. What are they going to do? What are they going to say? Will they talk? The public waits, it will know, for without the public there is no theatre – never forget this. One person alone is an audience. But let’s hope there are not too many empty seats! Productions of Ionesco’s productions are always full, and he represents this artistic valour candidly and beautifully by having, at the end of one of his plays, and old lady say; “Yes, Yes, die in full glory. Let’s die to enter the legend…at least we will have our street…” World Theatre Day has existed for 55 years now. In 55 years, I am the eighth woman to be invited to pronounce a message – if you can call this a ‘message’ that is. My predecessors (oh, how the male of the species imposes itself!) spoke about the theatre of imagination, freedom, and originality in order to evoke beauty, multiculturalism and pose unanswerable questions. In 2013, just four years ago, Dario Fo said: “The only solution to the crisis lies in the hope of the great witch-hunt against us, especially against young people who want to learn the art of theatre: thus a new diaspora of actors will emerge, who will undoubtedly draw from this constraint unimaginable benefits by finding a new representation”. Unimaginable Benefits – sounds like a nice formula, worthy to be included in any political rhetoric, don’t you think?… As I am in Paris, shortly before a presidential election, I would like to suggest that those who apparently yearn to govern us should be aware of the unimaginable benefits brought about by theatre. But I would also like to stress, no witch-hunt! Theatre is for me represents the other it is dialogue, and it is the absence of hatred. ‘Friendship between peoples’ – now, I do not know too much about what this means, but I believe in community, in friendship between spectators and actors, in the lasting union between all the peoples theatre brings together – translators, educators, costume designers, stage artists, academics, practitioners and audiences. Theatre protects us; it shelters us…I believe that theatre loves us…as much as we love it… I remember an old-fashioned stage director I worked for, who, before the nightly raising of the curtain would yell, with full-throated firmness ‘Make way for theatre!’ – and these shall be my last words tonight. Thank you.

Translation Malory Domecyn and Tom Johnson.


22.03.2017 News / Reports


Rehearsals began today at Yugoslav Drama Theatre of So It Is (If You Think So) by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Jagoš Marković.  The cast of this new YDT production includes Branislav Lečić, Jelisaveta Sablić, Marko Janketić, Jasmina Ranković, Predrag Ejdus, Nenad Jezdić, Rada Đuričin, Goran Daničić, Vesna Stanković…

Set design by Jagoš Marković, costume design by Bojana Nikitović with Ljiljana Mrkić Popović in charge of voice coaching.

The opening night of  So It Is (If You Think So) is scheduled for late May on our Ljuba Tadic stage.  This year marks 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello, a Nobel laueate, and with this production YDT joins the celebration of this anniversary taking place around the world.   Though Pirandello was a well known story teller and novelist, he is best known for his plays.  So It Is (If You Think So) is one of his earlier works.

22.03.2017 News / Reports


Due to technical problems online booking is currently unavailable.  You can book tickets at our Box Office or by phoning  +381 11 30 61 957  and +381 11 26 44 447. Thank you for your understanding.

20.03.2017 News / Reports


Tickets for April  performances available from Saturday 18th March. Tickets can be purchased at our box office from 10am – 3pm & 5pm – beginning of performance. On Sundays from 5pm to the beginning of performance.

Box office phones: +381 11 30 61 957 & +381 11 26 44 447.


Ljuba Tadić stage

Discount for group bookings is available for a purchase of 20 or more tickets for one or more performances and is available for seats in rows 10 and above as well as for gallery seats.  No discount available for group bookings for performances of UNDER THE MILLSTONE.
School and universities are entitled to a 50% discount on group bookings. Other entities and groups of people can obtain a 30% discount on group bookings.

Tickets purchased on the day of performance are available at 50% discount.

Studio YDT

There is no discount available for group bookings for performances on our YDT Studio Stage. 50% discount is available for tickets purchased on the day of performance.

No discount is available for guest performances.


Friday, 21st April, A SUSPICIOUS PERSON by Branislav Nušić, directed by Jagoš Marković

Wednesday, 26th April, THE IMAGINARY INVALID by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, directed by Jagoš Marković

Sunday, 30th April, BETRAYAL, by Harold Pinter, directed by Goran Šušljik

24.02.2017 News / Reports


The play Don Juan by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, directed by Gorčin Stojanović will premiere on Sunday, February 26th at 8 p.m. on the Ljuba Tadić stage. The play stars: Vojin Ćetković, Sergej Trifunović, Vojislav Brajović, Anđelika Simić, Marko Baćović, Goran Daničić, Jovana Gavrilović, Dubravko Jovanović, Milica Janevski, Slobodan Tešić, Sonja Vukićević and Katarina Jovanović.

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