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This Year, Midsummer Scene Combines Shakespeare’s Magic and Sixties in Italy


Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. Then your love would also change.

Season of Love and Hate brings Romeo & Juliet to the main festival stage, starting tonight, at the very beginning of the summer time in Dubrovnik. This, quite unusual and intriguing adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, is directed by Sean Aita, making it his first season at Midsummer Scene. ‘Midsummer’ version of the world’s most romantic tragedy is inspired by 1960s Italy and draw heavily on mafia culture. The creative team is composed of artists from all over Europe, making this season even more international. See you!

Here’s the programme:

21st June at 9 p.m. / In front od St. Blaise’s church
World Music Day Concert
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra / Noorman Widjaja, conductor (Indonesia) / Matej Meštrović, piano (Croatia).
Dubrovnik kontradanza*, Meštrović: Let Them Come In, Robić: You Only Love Once*, Gotovac: Ero the Joker*, Nardelli: A Song for Dubrovnik*.
*arr. by D. Butigan
WORLD PREMIERE: M. Meštrović: New England Rhapsody.
Admission is free.

22nd June – 5th July at 9:30 p.m.* / Fort Lovrjenac
Romeo & Juliet
Directed by Sean Aita.
Performed in English.
Tickets: 200/250/300/350 kn.
*every night except 27th June

27th June at 9:30 p.m. / Fort Lovrjenac
I, Who Have Hands More Innocent
Based on the extraordinary life and poetry by Vesna Parun.
Directed by Ivan Leo Lemo, performed by Vesna Tominac Matačić in Croatian, with English subtitles.
Tickets: 100 kn.

6th July at 9:30 p.m. / The Rector’s Palace
Songs for Lovers (and Other Idiots)
Famous London cabaret performed by Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston.
‘A musical match made in heaven… dazzlingly brilliant’ Fest Magazine ****
Tickets: 150/200/250/300/350 kn.

7th July at 9:30 p.m. / The Rector’s Palace
Based on the comedy Uncle Maroye by MARIN DRŽIĆ
Uncle Maroye Re-Examined
A co-production of House of Marin Držić, Marin Držić Theatre and Midsummer Scene Festival, directed by Paolo Tišljarić and performed by the Festival ensemble. Marin Držić is one of the greatest European Renaissance playwrights, and a Dubrovnik native. The rearranged fragments of the play are set at Rector’s Palace, where the comedy was first performed in 1551. This project has been included in the main programme of Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival 2019.
Admission is free.

Find more detailed info on the official web page of the Festival.