10.11.2017 News / Reports


Rehearsals have begun at Yugoslav Drama Theatre of A Month in the Country by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, directed by Iva Milošević. The cast includes Mirjana Karanović, Svetozar Cvetković, Marko Janketić, Marko Baćović, Branka Petrić, Irfan Mensur, Milena Vasić, Srđan Timarov, Dubravko Jovanović, Bojan Lazarov, Milica Gojković and Marija Klanac. Costume design by Boris Čakširan, set design by Gorčin Stojanović with music composed by Vladimir Pejković.

The lead role is played by Mirjana Karanović who has already worked with director Iva Milošević on three very successful YDT productions – Phaedra’s Love, A Play About Mirjana and Those Around Her and Dragonslayers.  The character played by Mirjana Karanović in A Month in the Country has been played by a number of major Russian actresses but also by Ingrid Bergman and Helen Mirren who portrayed it twice, both on West End and Broadway.

The opening night of A Month in the Country is scheduled for January on our Ljuba Tadić stage.

30.10.2017 News / Reports


The Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Luigi Pirandello’s Right You Are, If You Think So, directed by Jagoš Marković, won the best production award at the 25th Vršac Theatre Autumn international festival of classical theatre. The award for the best production of the Festival will be presented tomorrow evening at the Sterija theatre in Vršac. The unanimous decision was taken by the jury comprised of Dušan Belča – author, Aleksandar Švabić – theatre director and Slobodan Savić – theatre critic and president of the jury.

Right You Are, If You Think So was recently performed at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. It was also included in the Purgatorije 2017 Mediterranean Theatre Festival in Tivat where Jelisaveta Sablić won the best actor award. In November, Right You Are, If You Think So will a part of the Without Translation festival of Yugoslav theatre in Užice and in December a guest performance is scheduled at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana.

30.10.2017 News / Reports


A guest performance of What Would You Give Your Life For?, directed by  Haris Pašović, is scheduled for 30th October on our Ljuba Tadić stage.

What Would You Give Your Life For? won the Best Production award and the Best Ensemble award at the Theatre Festival of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Jajce and the Best Ensemble Award at the Festival of BiH Drama in Zenica. In addition, this production was included in the programmes of the International Theatre Festival MESS in Sarajevo, Sterijino Pozorje theatre festival in Novi Sad as well as the Central European Forum in Bratislava.

The idea for the production was created during the lessons of the MA study programme in Acting at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.   Together with his students, Pašović tried to create theatrical portraits of people who had laid down their lives for their ideals.  That is how this production came into existence and its title was, in fact, the question that Haris Pašović used to ask his students: What would you give your life for?

The cast includes a number of young actors from East-West theatre company in Sarajevo, Change Theatre in Novi Sad, Bosnian National Theatre in Zenica and from the Novi Sad Theatre (Újvidéki Színház).

Haris Pašović has also worked as director with Yugoslav Drama Theatre and directed Spring Awakening by Wedekind and Calling the Birds based on a play by Aristophanes, both of them milestones in the history of YDT but also in the theatrical tradition of former Yugoslavia as a whole.

26.10.2017 News / Reports


Tickets for November performances available from Friday, 27nd October. 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.


Sunday, 26th November, BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter, directed by Goran Šušljik

Wednsday, 29th November, EINSTEIN’S DREAMS by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski

24.10.2017 News / Reports


A guest performance of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Luigi Pirandello’s Right You Are, If You Think So, directed by Jagoš Marković, is scheduled for Tuesday, 24th October at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the renowned Italian author, Yugoslav Drama Theatre decided to include Right You Are, If You Think So in its repertoire. The cast includes Predrag Ejdus, Branislav Lečić, Jelisaveta Sablić, Jasmina Avramović, Nenad Jezdić, Marko Janketić, Rada Đuričin, Vesna Stanković, Irfan Mensur, Slobodan Tešić, Lazar Đukić and Nevena Ristić.

The guest performance in Zagreb will not be the first performance of Right You Are, If You Think So away from YDT. At Purgatorije 2017 Mediterranean Theatre Festival in Tivat actress Jelisaveta Sablić won the best actor award for her performance in this production.  Right You Are, If You Think So was also included in the Vršac Theatre Autumn international festival of classical theatre with a performance on 21st October.  In November, YDT will be taking this production to Without Translation festival of Yugoslav theatre in Užice and in December a guest performance is scheduled at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana.

17.10.2017 News / Reports


The opening night of Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski, is scheduled for Sunday, 15th October at 8pm on our Ljuba Tadic stage.

The cast includes Dragan Mićanović, Radovan Vujović, Anita Mančić, Branko Cvejić, Branka Petrić, Nataša Tapušković, Marija Vicković, Milena Živanović, Milica Gojković, Marko Grabež, Vučić Perović, Joakim Tasić and Filip Đurić.

The novel by the American author and physicist Alan Lightman, who will be at Yugoslav Drama Theatre on opening night, was first published in 1993 and has since been translated into over 40 languages.

11.10.2017 News / Reports


Photo by Michael Lionstar

October 16th 2017 12pm

Ljuba Tadic Main Stage


On the occasion of the premiere of Einstein’s Dreams directed by Slobodan Unkovski, the author of the novel Alan Lightman will hold a lecture entitled The Physicist as Novelist on October 16th 2017 at 12pm at Yugoslav Drama Theatre’s “Ljuba Tadić” Stage.

Simultaneous English to Serbian translation is provided.

 Mr. Lightman will discuss the differences and similarities in the ways that scientists and artists view the world, drawing on his own experiences as both a physicist and a novelist. Differences include the naming of things (science) versus not naming things (art), and the framing of questions with answers (science) versus questions without answers (art). Similarities include the search for beauty and truth, and the creative moment. Mr. Lightman will make reference to great scientists, such as Einstein and Feynman, and great writers, such as Rilke and Joyce. The lecture itself will be organized and promoted with the participation of Serbian Academy for Science and Art.

 Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Harpswell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to advance a new generation of women leaders in Southeast Asia.” Born in 1948, he was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in theoretical physics. He has received five honorary doctoral degrees. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the first person at MIT to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in the humanities. He is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. His scientific research in astrophysics has concerned black holes, relativity theory, radiative processes, and the dynamics of systems of stars. His essays and articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Salon, and many other publications. His essays are often chosen by the New York Times as among the best essays of the year. He is the author of 6 novels, several collections of essays, a memoir, and a book-length narrative poem, as well as several books on science. His novel Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller translated to more than 40 languages and has been the basis for dozens of independent theatrical and musical adaptations around the world. His novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent books are The Accidental Universe, which was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the 10 best books of 2014, and his memoir Screening  Room, which was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the best books of the year for 2016. Lightman is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Collect your FREE ticket at the theatre’s box office. 

11.10.2017 News / Reports


Yugoslav Drama Theatre is pleased to announce it is teaming up with Mirko Ilić, one of the most important graphic designers, illustrators and creators in the area of applied art in the world today.

The visual concept for this season is already evident in the first two posters – for Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski, scheduled to open on 15th October and for Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute, directed by Jana Maričić, scheduled to open in November.

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.

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