Branislav Nušić

It Had To Be So

Directed by Egon Savin

Adaptation: Egon Savin, Set and Costume Designer: Angelina Atlagić, Music Selection: Egon Savin, Dramaturg: Marina Milivojević Mađarev, Language Consultant: Ljiljana Mrkić Popović, Lightning Designer: Svetislav Calić,

This authentic and full blown melodrama, one of the rare ones in our literary tradition, was written by the most prolific and most popular Serbian comic playwright. This exciting and touching tale takes place in old Belgrade and shows how vanity and envy, irresponsibility and avarice, pride and selfishness in one family – and in a society ruled by money – can destroy a life of a decent human being, torn between love and duty.

“Smells and bells of the old theatrical world and flowers (…). Love each other and be happy! Who would dare say this simple sentence in this day and age?! This is the sort of play you can safely recommend to your friends.” (POLITIKA)

It Had to Be So has won three Sterijino Pozorje awards: direction (Egon Savin), acting (Anita Mančić) and best costume design (Angelina Atlagić). For her portrayal of Yela, Anita Mančić has won awards at festivals in Smederevo (Nušićevi dani), Kragujevac (Joakim fest) and in Vranje (Borini pozorišni dani). Savin’s direction was recognised by the Drama Artists Association of Serbia as well as by the theatre festival in Vršac.

In addition, it has won the award for best production at the festival in Smederevo and the audience award at the theatre festival in Vranje..

It Had to Be So took part in the Gavella Evenings festival in Zagreb and at Petar Kočić Theatre Festival in Banja Luka, as well as Milivoje Živanović theatre festival in Požarevac.


Jakov Nedeljković Predrag Ejdus
Marija Radmila Radovanović
Jela Anita Mančić
Stanka Jelena Petrović
Đorđe Đorđević Nebojša Dugalić
Obrad Đorđević Mihailo Janketić
Janković Miodrag Radovanović
Milan Radovan Vujović
Ljubomir Nestorović Vojin Ćetković
Sofija Ana Simić/Jelena Angelovski
Boy Ivan Pantović

Premiere: 6 June 2007

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