William Shakespeare

Hamlet

Directed by Aleksandar Popovski

Translation: Živojin Simić and Sima Pandurović, Adaptation: Goran Stefanovski, Set Designer: Numen and Ivana Jonke, Costume Designer: Maria Marković, Original music: Kiril Džajkovski, Video projection design: Lana Cavar and Timy Šarec, Coreographer: Sonja Vukićević, Speech: Ljiljana Mrkić Popović, Light design: Dejan Draganov,

live, die, repeat…

The new production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Yugoslav Drama Theatre is an expression of our desire, need as well as obligation to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the greatest playwright the world has ever known.

According to Goran Stefanovski, one of the most prominent playwrights in the region and the man who adapted the play for the purposes of this production – Hamlet is an excellent vehicle for examining war fever, paranoia and the political situation in the world. The king is forever attending headquarter briefings. Troops are on the march; everyone is in the state of high alert, soldiers are standing guard. Camp fires and military uniforms…. foreign aggressors. Policemen patrol wearing bulletproof vests, emergency services. The madness of Prince Hamlet is not a private matter anymore; the whole country is a madhouse.

It is not the first time this has happened to Hamlet. He has been there many times before. And by the look of it, seems like it will carry on happening. Live, Die, Repeat…

Director Aleksandar Popovski, well known to our audiences for his directions at YDT – Candide or Optimism, Metamorphosis, has cast Nebojša Glogovac in the title role.

Premiere: 17 September 2016

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2hrs 7', no intermission