Summer Shakespeare Festival

05.07.2022 - 06.08.2022

We are very pleased that the Summer Shakespeare Festival will take place this year from 5th of July until 6th of August. Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale are waiting for you. The Summer Shakespeare Festival is an exceptional open air theatre project where the audience can enjoy culture outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Bratislava Castle.

1. HAMLET:

Hamlet’s story always unfolds in the same way and yet differently. Everyone who approaches one of Shakespeare’s most famous texts leaves something of themselves in it. At the beginning of Hamlet, Shakespeare created a question, and by the silence beyond the end of his personal tragedy, even more questions await us than at the beginning. The questions mirror other questions … The play can never end because it keeps giving us new questions. How do we resist evil? To be or not to be? What to do? How to act? Is there any point in acting at all?

Hamlet is a fascinating play because of its structure – it’s really the Da Vinci Code – where everything is connected to everything. It combines a political tragedy with a family tragedy, one influencing the other. A tragedy of thought and action. A young Danish prince returns from his studies for his father’s funeral. The place on the throne and alongside the Queen ( his mother) already belongs to his uncle. Who is Hamlet? The over-sensitive spoilt son, the brooding intellectual or the implacable avenger? Our Hamlet will also be a bit of a truth-seeker in these troubled times. It turns out that uncovering wrongdoing and getting convicted is not the hard part, it’s much harder not to lose yourself in the process.

A story about madness in a mad time, which reminds us very much of the time we live in too. Where lies the limit of human conscience, the courage to stand up to evil, and the strength to take correction into one’s own hands? Is it possible to keep a clean slate in the dirt? And can love survive ? A play about whether there is more to living than just being…….

PERSONS AND CAST
HAMLET: Ľuboš Kostelný
THE SPIRIT OF THE KING AND CLAUDIUS: Marek Majeský
GERTRUDE: Tereza Kostková, Henrieta Mičkovicová
POLONIUS: Alexander Bárta
OFELIA: Jana Kovalčíková, Barbora Palčíková
LAERTES: Adam Jančina
HORATIO: Tomáš Vravník
ROSENCRANTZ, HROBÁR, HERO: Richard Autner
GUILDENSTERN, PLAYER, ACTOR: Martin Kochan
OSRIK, REYNALDO, ACTOR: Jaroslav Kysel
INSCRIBING TEAM
TRANSLATION: Ľubomír Feldek, Martin Hilský
DIRECTION: Pavel Khek
SCENE: Palo Andraško
COSTUMES: Alexandra Grusková
MUSIC: Róbert Mankovecký
MOTION COOPERATION: Ján Ševčík

Friday 8. July:

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Sunday 10 July:

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Monday 11 July 2022

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022

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Wednesday, 13 July 2022

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Thursday, 14 July 2022

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2. TWO GENTLEMEN FROM VERONA:

Although this is one of the author’s first plays, he has fully shown his comedic as well as poetic talent in it. Although the play has a classical plot in the construction of a dramatic text, it offers different possibilities to the stagers in the treatment of the work. It has echoes of the commedia dell’arte, which was known for its strong acting craft, and the director has strengthened this aspect in his staging of the text.

In addition to acting, each actor was skilled in other artistic professions that came out of the theatre and exist today as separate stage forms. Singing, which was not to be missed in any production, clown solos – now stand up comedy, acrobatic acts – now a much acclaimed modern, circus form of theatre. And it is all these requirements that our cast reflects. The church perfect stand up showman. Koval, Kral and Matonoha – excellent musicians, Norisova and Švidranová great singers, Sakálová a lover of yoga and dance, Grega a great acrobat. The production is full of live music performed by a charming ladies’ band, stage movement and intelligent entertainment thanks to the endless escapades of the cunning servants and their amorous masters.

TRANSLATION: Ľubomír Feldek, Martin Hilský
DIRECTING DESIGN AND MUSIC: Peter Mankovecký
DIRECTION AND LYRICS: Róbert Mankovecký
COSTUMES: Jana Kuttnerová
SCENE: Palo Andraško
DRAMATURGY: Janka Zednikovičová
CHOREOGRAPHY: Ladislav Cmorej
PERSONS AND CAST
VOJVODA, Silvia’s father: Tomáš Matonoha
VALENTINE: Ondrej Kovaľ
PROTEUS: Milo Kral
TURIO, Valentín’s comic rival: Cyril Drozda
JULIA, Proteus’ sweetheart: Zuzana Norisová
SILVIA, Valentín’s sweetheart: Eva Sakálová
LUCETTA, Julie’s chambermaid: Barbora Švidraňová
FRČKO, clown, Valentine’s servant: Otto Culka
PODPICH, clown, Proteus’ servant: Ľuboš Kostelný
ATTENTION: Tomáš Grega
CROOK: Barbora Švidraňová
DANCERS, CHAPEL: Marcela Cmorejová, Emma Kakárová, Terézia Hulková, Magdaléna Hianiková

Monday, 18 July 2022

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Friday, 22 July 2022

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Saturday 23 July 2022

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Sunday, 24 July 2022

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3. COMEDY OF ERRORS

Shakespeare transcends traditional genres in this, his shortest play. At first it seems like a tragedy (one of the characters is threatened with the death penalty right at the beginning), but soon the play moves into the position of a farce. Especially the dialogues of the master and the servant are a lesson in what a modern circus clown show could look like.

The farce about two sibling pairs – identical twins – offers not only a breakneck pace of twists and turns and entertainment, but also an ingenious play with contradictions and paradoxes, which the author has always mastered brilliantly. He has also developed in it a brilliant reflection on the relationships between men and women, and the importance of their love and respect.

“In a way, The Comedy of Errors is a mad carousel of loss and discovery,” says Shakespearean scholar Martin Hilsky.

Director Roman Polák was inspired by the silent film era to stage this play and its comic grotesqueness – the black and white set and costumes are underscored by the musical improvisation of the pianist, whose music will at times manipulate the actions of the characters on stage. Many times even the speed of their movement will depend on his piano improvisation 🙂

Directed by Roman Polák
Set and costumes by Peter Čanecký
Music by Róbert Mankovecký
Creative producer: Janka Zednikovičová

PERSONS AND CAST :
SOLINUS & DOCTOR ŠTIPEC- GREGOR HOLOSKA
ANTIFOLUS FROM EFEZ & ANTIFOLUS FROM SYRACUSE – Robert Roth
DROMIO FROM EFEZ & DROMIO FROM SYRACUSE – Martin Šalacha
ANGELO – Juraj Hrčka
ADRIANA Alena Pajtinková
LUCIANA Dominika Žiaranová
VIOLA & EMÍLIA Pavla Vitázková
KURTIZÁNA Silvia Soldanová
Jakub Rybárik
ZALÁRNIK Tomáš Stopa
CLAVERIST Róbert Mankovecký

Thursday 28 July 2022

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Friday 29 July 2022

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4. William Shakespeare : The Tempest

A magical comedy. The production by the SKUTR directing tandem – Lukáš Trpišovský and Martin Kukučka, follows their successful staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The work of this duo is characterized by imagination, imagery, movement, musicality and poetry of words.

What can cause a shipwreck? How many sorrows and sorrows on an unknown island, how many endings of an old life and how many new beginnings! And how many miracles ! And what if the shipwreck was only a dream, a magical mirage?

The author’s most beautiful later play, in which themes and motifs that interested the Elizabethan playwright all his life appear: great love, intrigue, revenge or forgiveness. But also the themes of illusion, reality and the passage of time.

Approximate length of performance: 2 hours 20 minutes with intermission

Translation, dramaturgy.
Adapted and directed by SKUTR – Martin Kukučka, Lukáš Trpišovský
Scene : Jakub Kopecký
Costumes : Simona Rybáková
Music: Petr Kaláb
Choreography : Jan Kodet
Producer: Agentura Schok Praha

PERSONS AND CAST
Alonso, King of Naples – Ondřej Malý
Sebastian, his brother – Jan Bidlas
Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan – David Prachař
Antonio, his brother, usurper of the Duchy of Milan – Petr Jeništa
Ferdinand, son of the King of Naples – Zdeněk Piškula / Vojtěch Vondráček
Gonzalo, the honest old councillor of state – Jiří Zapletal
Caliban, disfigured savage and slave – Radúz Mácha
Trinkulo, the Jester – Jozef Polášek
Stefano, wine drinker and drunkard – Marek Daniel
Miranda – Eliška Křenková / Hana Vagnerová
Ariel – Csongor Kassai
Ghosts – Leona Hančíková
Zuzana Havrlantová
Jaroslava Janečková
Adéla Abdul Khaleg
Patrik Čermák
Michal Heriban
Lukáš Homola
Michal Toman

Sunday 31 July 2022

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Monday 1 August 2022

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5. WINTER FAIRYTALE

A story of betrayal, love and forgiveness. Do you ever feel like everyone around you is pretending and lying? That you can’t even trust a loved one? What if everything is different and you are wrong ? Can you admit your fault and mistake? And is it even possible to discover the truth? Death, cruelty or jealousy simply belong in Shakespeare’s works, whether we like it or not.

But there is also something else in this play – a lesson. For we are not to judge without checking the facts properly. William Shakespeare set this tale of devastating jealousy, naissance and miracles in Sicily and Bohemia, to which, surprisingly, he dedicated the sea. Drama alternates with comedy, hatred with love and rejection with forgiveness.

TRANSLATION: Martin Hilský
DIRECTOR: Pavel Khek
COSTUMING: Agnieszka Pátá Oldak
SCENE: Michal Syrový
MUSIC: David Hlaváč
CHOREOGRAPHY: Martin Šimek
PRODUCER: Agentura Schok Praha

PERSONS AND CAST
Leontes, King of Sicily: Martin Hofmann, Michal Isteník
Hermione, his wife: Petra Špalková, Lenka Krobotová
Mamillius, his son: Kristián Špiner
Perdita, his daughter: Veronika Arichteva, Eva Salvatore Burešová
Camillo: Radim Madeja
Antigonus & Shepherd, Perdita’s supposed father: Cyril Drozda
Paulina, Antigonus’ wife: Alena Mihulová
Emilia, Hermione’s lady: Evellyn Pacoláková
Polixenes, King of Bohemia: Sasha Rashilov
Florizel, his son: Aleš Bílík
Křupan & Archidamus & The Bohemian Lord: Matouš Ruml
Jailer & Czech 1 & Earthworm: Jan Řezníček
Lord & Czech 2 & Choud & Dignitary: Marek Pospíchal

Thursday 4 August 2022

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Friday, 5 August 2022

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Saturday, 6 August 2022

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Location: Courtyard of Bratislava Castle
Date: 05.07.2022 – 06.08.2022
Start: 20:30
Admission: 23 – 33 Eur

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Venue

Bratislavský hrad, Hrad, Bratislava, Slovensko

Price

23 - 33 EUR

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