The 21st Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

10 days with Shakespeare
in Gdańsk

28th July – 6th August

19 September 2017

Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival has been the only festival in Poland and one of five in Europe to receive the prestigious EFFE Award. 

EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe – is the European Festivals Association’s mark of recognition for Europe’s most exciting arts festivals. The Award Ceremony took place on 18 September 2017 in BOZAR, Brussels.

EFFE is the scheme for the recognition of Europe’s remarkable festivals selected by the European Festivals Association with the support of the European Commission and European Parliament.
An International Jury presided over by Sir Jonathan Mills, composer and former Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, selected 6 of the most trend-setting European festivals from a pool of 715 which were recognised with the EFFE Label in May. The label is eligible to festivals in 39 countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme.

The EFFE Award winners (in alphabetical order) are:
1. Altofest International Contemporary Live Arts Festival, Italy
2. European Film Festival Palic, Serbia
3. FMM Sines – Festival Músicas do Mundo, Portugal
4. Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland
5. Utrecht Early Music Festival, Netherlands

A special Award for its continued reinvention of the arts and festival sector is given to the Edinburgh International Festival, UK.

From the many festivals given the EFFE label, 26 Laureates were announced in July as candidates for the Award. They ranged geographically from the Azores to Kiev, from Cyprus to Estonia and in scope from early music to digital arts. The International Jury’s decision was built on national experts’ advice on applicant festivals from world famous fixtures in the cultural calendar to eclectic events known only to a few.


Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska


5 August 2017

We are sorry to inform that due to external reasons the ShakespeareOFF performance by Divadlo Kontra theatre “Macbeth” has been cancelled. The performance was supposed to be presented in TwO Windows Theatre today at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Please come to the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre Box Office for tickets refund.

Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska

5 August 2017

Declan Donnellan, the director of one of the greatest performances of the festival – Measure for Measure – a co-production of British group Cheek by Jowl and Russian Pushkin Theatre was celebrating his birthday during the festival. Happy birthday!

Film by Antonija Putić

Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska


4 August 2017

Today at we present at the stage of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre one of the mostly anticipated performance of the Festival hailed in Moscow as “a shattering portrait of contemporary Russia” – Measure for Measure directed by Declan Donnellan. This is a co-production of legendary Cheek by Jowl Theatre prepared in Pushkin Theatre in Moscow. The performance is to be presented at 7 p.m.

Exclusively before the performance at 5:30 pm there will be a meeting with the director Declan Donellan, who has also directed the first, original production of Shakespeare in Love presented on West End in 2014.
The director stays longer at the festival to see our Shakespeare in Love  which is a co-production of The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and Wybrzeże Theatre presented at the last festival day, 6th August, at 11 a.m.


Anna Szynkaruk-Zgirska