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.

22.09.2017 News / Reports


Tickets for October performances available from Friday, 22nd September. 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, 28th October, HAMLET by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski

Sunday, 29th October, LOCUSTS by Biljana Srbljanović, directed by Dejan Mijač

18.09.2017 News / Reports


The Union of Theatres of Europe conference, part of the Conflict Zone project, will be held on Sunday, 17th September at Yugoslav Drama Theatre.  This is a continuation of the conference held in Milan on 20th May last year.

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

Production structures and legal systems will also be discussed in view of how they influence the functioning of a theatre as well as its structure.  A synopsis of all the speeches will contain all the relevant information pertaining to the state of play in theatres. This way, UTE members will have all the relevant information to help improve mutual understanding and which could prove to be a useful tool for all the decision makers in the area of culture across Europe.

The conference in Belgrade will be attended by representatives of UTE member theatres in Greece, Romania, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Russia and Bulgaria.  We will also be welcoming artistic directors from following theatres: Boris Yukhananov from Moscow (Stanislavsky Electrotheatre), Anna Badora from Vienna (Volkstheater), Frank Hoffmann from Luxembourg (Théâtre National du Luxembourg), Alexandru Darie from Bucharest (Bulandra Theatre), Stathis Livanthinos from Athens (National Theatre of Greece), Margarita Mladenova from Sofia (Sfumato Laboratory Theatre). The conference will be hosted by Tamara Vučković Manojlović, general manager of Yugoslav Drama Theatre which has been a member of the Union of Theatres of Europe since 2006.

An event organized by the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe and the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. In context of the CONFLICT ZONES network programme of the UTE. With the support of the ‘Creative Europe’ Programme of the European Union”.

13.09.2017 News / Reports


The work on the production under the working title of The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute began yesterday at Yugoslav Drama Theatre. The production will be directed by Jana Maričić who also translated the play. Milan Marić and Aleksandra Janković make up the cast. Marija Kalabić is in charge of set design, Maria Marković of costume design and Božidar Obradinović  will be composing the music score. The play is expected to open in November this year at Studio YDT.

05.09.2017 News / Reports


Jelisaveta Seka Sablić wins best actor award at the 12th edition of Purgatorije 2017 Mediterranean Theatre Festival for her performance in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Right You Are, If You Think So by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Jagoš Marković. This year’s jury included Mani Gotovac – theatrologist and president of the jury, Tanja Bošković – actress, Zoran Živković – producer and they justified their decision with these words:

Luigi Pirandello, one of the most important authors of our past and our present, used to say: “Life is either lived or observed.”  

Fortunately for him, Jelisaveta Sablić has added another verb to this pronouncement, the verb:  to love.  And then she proceeded to refute everything contained in that sentence.  In truth Jelisaveta Sablić lives life, observes life and loves life.  And she manages to do all that on stage too.  Her sighs and intakes of air, or should we say her heart beats, are priceless.  But also the barely noticeable cramping in her hands.   Or the rhythm she beats while strutting her way around the stage.   And then there are her silences.  And finally, the incredible emotional strength accompanied by the mystery of every word that is spoken, spoken by Seka Sablić.  How much truth, in spite of Pirandellism, how much truth is engendered and flows from that small woman and with such huge volcanic bursts of energy.  She is herself a somewhat unique emotional experience.

The character of Lady Frola in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Right You Are, If You Think So stems from an entirely different reality.  The only reality that can save us still today.  From the one that just might come to bear upon our own, real, reality.  It stems, in fact, from that unique realm we call art. 

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