Summer Shakespeare Festival starts this week

The Summer Shakespeare Festival This unique project, the annual Summer Shakespeare Festival, will open its eleventh year with remarkable play The Tempest, on Thursday, June 21. Shakespeare plays will be performed under the open sky at the courts of Prague Castle and Liechtenstein Palace (at Lesser Town Square). This original theatrical and dramatic project is very popular among both local people and tourists, although the plays are not performed in English. It is so popular probably because Shakespeare plays are very famous, and the castle, its background, and the whole scenery together with acting performances of a high quality create and leave a strong memory and experience.

As mentioned before, it all begins with The Tempest, which is directed by Jakub Korcak and performed by acting talent team Martin Huba and Jan Triska. In another comedy As you like it, which will be premiered on August 3, we will see the leading actors from both Czech Republic and Slovakia, namely Martin Dejdar, Marian Labuda, Miroslav Noga, etc. The remaining plays include Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and the Twelfth Night.

Years ago, it was ex-president Havel, who initiated the festival and took patronage of it. President Klaus continues this tradition and supports the project as well. An accompanying photo exhibition – Maximum Photography, is also being prepared. It will be free of charge, it will be displayed in the gardens of Prague Castle, and it will present 34 famous photo enlargements made by photographer Ivan Pinkava. These pictures are said to have a special goose bump effect, that is that people in these photos look at us at least as intensively as we look at them.

The tickets to the plays can be bought through Ticketpro network, there are three price categories, for 650, 440, or 280 CZK, and the performances start at 20:30. Although, the project lasts during the whole summer until September 14, the tickets continue to sell out very quickly. Shakespeare plays extend to two another towns this year, the selected plays will be also presented at Brno’s castle Spilberk, and Bratislava Castle.

Jun 18, 16:44 (Filed under: Culture, Prague events )

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