Midsummer Scene is the only English theatre festival in South Eastern Europe and as such aims to appeal to a wider international audience visiting Dubrovnik and Croatia every summer.
In the relatively short period of time it has established itself as a major cultural event and as a platform for international concepts and collaborations.
Midsummer Scene is a project of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, and it is a joint production with Brilliant Events, Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theatre Productions Ltd. London.
In its first year, the Festival opened at an important milestone: 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Dubrovnik joined the world celebrations of this important year by staging one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Fort Lovrijenac, one of the world’s most evocative and atmospheric venues. The production was a commercial and artistic success and has greatly enriched the cultural offerings in the tourist pre-season.
The 2015 season brought Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ which is transferring to Vienna’s English Theatre this Christmas and then travelling to Bermuda Festival in January 2017.
This year we have celebrated another important anniversary – 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Therefore, we have chosen his most famous play that holds a special significance for Dubrovnik: ‘Hamlet’. Helen Tennison returned to Lovrijenac to direct the show with Helen Millar in the title role, which was the first time a woman has played Hamlet in Croatia in the original language.
The performances will be held every evening 21th – 7th July, starting at 9.30 pm.
Festival Midsummer Scene coincides with the beginning of summer, in the last days of June and thus leads into the main tourist season. During summer Dubrovnik becomes cultural centre of Croatia and South Eastern Europe.