08.06.2018 News / Reports


The production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist by the Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, directed by Maja Maletković, is scheduled to open the Fadil Hadžić Days of Satire theatre festival in Zagreb on Tuesday, 5th June.  This is the 42nd edition of the Festival and it will be taking place at the Satirical Theatre Kerempuh.

This production first opened on our Studio YDT stage in April, 2016 and the cast includes: Nikola Đuričko, Nikola Rakočević, Bojan Dimitrijević, Marta Bjelica, Miloš Samolov and Joakim Tasić.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970/71) is about an episode in Italian history better known as the Years of Lead – a wave of terrorist attacks starting in the late 1960s and which lasted until early 1980s.  This particular comedy by Dario Fo is about events linked to the mysterious death of Giuseppe Pinelli who was arrested after a bomb went off at the National Agrarian Bank (Banca Nazionale dell’ Agricoltura) in Milan in 1969 when more then 80 anarchists were arrested across Italy.  Pinelli was illegally detained for 3 days and 3 nights at a police station until he “fell out” of a 4th floor window.

08.06.2018 News / Reports


A guest performance of the Croatian National Theatre production of Men of Wax by Mate Matišić, directed by Januš Kica, is scheduled for Thursday, 31st May at 8pm.

Men of Wax is a dramatic triptych composed of three independent and stylistically different parts. The main link between them is Victor, a playwright and script writer, a former rock guitarist and a pop-rock star of a country that once existed. The cast includes: Goran Grgić, Ksenija Marinković,  Alma Prica, Bojan Navojec, Ana Begić, Milan Pleština, Ivan Jončić, Slavko Juraga, Luka Dragić, Siniša Popović, Ivan Glowatzky, Silvio Vovk, Kristijan Potočki, Alen Šalinović, Jelena Perčin, Iva Mihalić, Damir Markovina, Vanja Matujec, Katija Zubčić, Barbara Vicković,  Olga Pakalović, Ivana Boban and Dora Lipovčan.

The Polish director Janusz Kica holds a degree in theatre studies from the University of Krakow. After completing his degree in 1981, he emigrated to West Germany. In Cologne he became a student of theatre studies and history of art. The first play he directed in Zagreb was in 1990 at Zagreb Youth Theatre and it became one of many plays he has directed over the years for theatres in Croatia’s capital city. Besides Germany and Croatia, he has also directed productions in Austria (Vienna) and in Slovenia (Celje, Maribor, Nova Gorica, Piran) but mainly at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana. At Zagreb Youth Theatre Kica also directed Locusts by Biljana Srbljanović. He has received numerous awards for his work.

The set for Men of Wax was designed by Studio NUMEN and Ivana Jonke who have also done stage design for YDT productions of Metamorphoses, Hamlet and Einstein’s Dreams.

Under the exchange programme for 2018, a guest performance of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of The King of Betajnova by Ivan Cankar, directed by Milan Nešković, is planned for later this year at the Croatian National Theatre.

08.06.2018 News / Reports


Two guest performances of Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski, are scheduled for the end of this month – 29th & 30th May at the Macedonian National Theatre.

This production opened on our Ljuba Tadić stage in October last year with a cast including: Dragan Mićanović, Radovan Vujović, Anita Mančić, Branko Cvejić, Nataša Tapušković, Branka Petrić, Marija Vicković, Milena Živanović, Vučić Perović, Marko Grabež, Milica Gojković, Filip Đurić and Joakim Tasić.

So far, Yugoslav Drama Theatre has had four guest performances in Skopje of productions directed by Slobodan Unkovski – twice with The Powder Keg by Dejan Dukovski (2003 & 2004),  Tracks by Milena Marković (2004) and The Seagull by A.P. Chekov (2004).  The last YDT production to have a guest performance in Skopje was Metamorphoses by Ovid, directed by Aleksandar Popovski (2013).

22.05.2018 News / Reports


Today was the first day of rehearsals of The Glass Neck, a new play by Biljana Srbljanović, directed by Jagoš Marković.  The cast includes Vesna Trivalić, Anita Mančić, Jelisaveta Seka Sablić, Dragan Mićanović, Irfan Mensur, Marko Janketić, Milica Gojković, Miloš Samolov, Slobodan Tešić…

Plays by Biljana Srbljanović have been performed at more than 200 theatres, both in Serbia and abroad, and they have been translated into 27 languages.  Plays by Biljana Srbljanović at Yugoslav Drama Theatre  Belgrade Trilogy – dir. Goran Marković, 1997, Supermarket – dir.  Alisa Stojanović, 2001, Locusts – dir. Dejan Mijač, 2005, Barbelo, on Dogs and Children – dir. Dejan Mijač, 2007, and Death Is Not a Bicycle (to be stolen from you) – dir. Slobodan Unkovski, 2011.

Besides winning six Sterijino Pozorje awards for best play, Srbljanović is also the recipient of Slobodan Selenić award, Ernst Troller prize, Joakim Vujić and Freedom awards, but also of  important European awards such as Premio Europa -  New Theatre Realities for 2007, two annual awards for the Best foreign playwright awarded by the well known German magazine Theater Heute and she was also made Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.

Jagoš Marković has directed a number of productions at Yugoslav Drama Theatre – Right You Are, If  You Think So by Luigi Pirandello, The Imaginary Invalid by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, A Suspicious Person by Branislav Nušić, Telephone Booth (based on his own writings), The Miser by Marin Držić, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

The Glass Neck is scheduled to open towards the end of September.

22.05.2018 News / Reports


Tickets for June performances available from Tuesday, 22nd May. 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.


Saturday, 23rd June, A PROFITABLE POSITION by a. n. Ostrovsky, directed by Egon Savin

Sunday, 24th June, IMAGINARY INVALID by Molière, directed by Jagoš Marković

21.05.2018 News / Reports


Maly Theatre in Moscow

Our production of A Profitable Position by A.  N. Ostrovsky, directed by Egon Savin, was performed on 12th May as a part of the international “Ostrovsky in the House of Ostrovsky” theatre festival at Maly Theatre in Moscow.  The audience included representatives of the Serbian embassy and a number of ex pat Serbs living in Moscow and they all loved the production which was evident in the round of applause for the whole ensemble that lasted for a number of minutes.  On this occasion, Yugoslav Drama Theatre received the certificate of honour and statue of the Festival.  A round table debate was held that same evening where theatre critics, media representatives and audience members were invited.

The previous day, Friday, 11th May, at the press conference held on the occasion of the opening of the “Ostrovsky in the House of Ostrovsky” festival, there was a great deal of interest in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production.  On the same day, members of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre delegation were present at a forum at the Museum  dedicated to the great Russian actor Alexander Sumbatov Yuzhin where the well known Russian theatre critic Natalia Vagapova Mikhailovna spoke with great respect and knowledge about the history of our theatre.  Tamara Vučković Manojlović, CEO of Yugoslav Drama Theatre, and dramaturgue Miloš Krečković were present at the forum and answered a number of questions from the audience.

Maly Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Russia and it first opened its doors back in 1824.  Since its inception, it has played an important role in the development of Russia’s national culture.  This theatre has been the venue for performing works by a number of Russian authors but the author most connected to it is Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky whose statue stands in front of the theatre. In 1993 a festival was created under the title of “Ostrovsky in the H0use of Ostrovsky”. Maly Theatre has been a member of Union of the Theatres of Europe since 2010 (YDT became a member in 2006).

Our guest performance in Moscow had the support of the Belgrade City Council.

04.05.2018 News / Reports


A performance of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Luigi Pirandello’s Right You Are, If You Think So, directed by Jagoš Marković, is scheduled to open the International Small Scenes Theatre Festival in Rijeka on Friday, 4th May.

The next guest performance of a YDT production is that of A Profitable Position by A.N. Ostrovsky, directed by Egon Savin, at the International  “Ostrovsky in the House of Ostrovsky” Festival at the Maly Theatre in Moscow on 12th May. The festival was founded in 1993 in order to support and show productions based on the works by the great Russian author. Besides performances of some of the most important works by Ostrovsky, this year is also a jubilee year – 195th anniversary of his birth.

Towards the end of the month, two guest performances of Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski, are scheduled for 29th & 30th May at the Macedonian National Theatre in Skopje.

03.05.2018 News / Reports


Actor Boris Isaković wins the Milosav–Buca Mirković best actor award at the 35th edition of  Nušić’s Days theatre festival in Smederevo for his performance in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Under the Millstone.

The jury composed of Goran Jevtić (actor, president of the jury), Snežana Trišić (theatre director) and Tanja Šljivar (playwright) were unanimous in their decision which they justified by saying that: “Extraordinary acting skill, precision, well measured and rich emotional range, the creation of two distinct characters in Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin and produced by Yugoslav Drama Theatre, confirm Boris Isaković as one of the best Serbian actors.  Being the personification of the moral dilemma of the whole play of ‘whether to be hungry but preserve one’s integrity or bow to the general degradation of a society in order to protect one’s existence’, Boris Isaković commands our attention with his talent, reflection, width and depth of emotions that trigger empathy and ask the audience to question what a human being is and what it could be.  For the sheer excellence of his performance, and by the decision of the jury, Boris Isaković is declared the recipient of Milosav–Buca Mirković best actor award.”

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