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Шекспир в българското театрално пространство днес
Shakespeare in Bulgarian Theatre Space Today

Author(s): Kamelia Nikolovа
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyzes the presence of Shakespeare in Bulgarian theatre landscape today through the focus of the celebration of the 450th anniversary of his birth. Among the many different activities it discusses two main events – the large number of Shakespearian productions which appeared in the last years on Bulgarian stages and the best performances on Shakespeare’s plays from UK made since 2009 which are broadcasted in Bulgaria by satellite as part of London National Theatre global programme NT Live. Between 2010 and 2014 in Bulgaria are staged a significant number of Shakespeare’s plays. Depending on its interpretive strategy, they can be divided into three groups. The first group includes performances created in the aesthetics of theatre of the new realism - „Hamlet“, directed by Yavor Gurdev, National Theatre and „Love’s Labour’s Lost „ directed by Chris Sharkov, Theatre „Sofia”. The second group combines productions „As You Like It „ directed by Krasimir Spassov, Theatre „Bulgarian Army „ and „Richard III” directed by Plamen Markov, Varna Drama theatre, which offer a personalized classical interpretation of Shakespeare’s drama. The third group unites three very different shows belonging to theatre of images - „Winter’s Tale” directed by Margarita Mladenova and „Back to Wittenberg „ directed by Ivan Dobchev in Teatre laboratory “Sfumato” and „Romeo and Juliet” directed by Petrinel Gotchev, Gabrovo Drama theatre. The paper also discusses British Shakespearian performances from NT Live programme „Comedy of Errors”, „Timon of Athens”, „Othello”, „Macbeth” and „Coriolanus”. It underlines their high artistic quality and innovative contemporary interpretation. In conclusion, the study highlights the importance of creative dialogue between Bulgarian and British theatre productions on Shakespeare in Bulgaria in the years around his anniversary.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 3-11
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian