Gdansk Shakespeare Festival


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10 July 2019

The students of Shanghai Oceans University will present a Chinese Classical Dance etiude, before the performances of “Shakespeare Shake” by Chinese SISU group as part of ShakespeareOFF.

Clouds in the Forbidden City” dance programme will be presented on 3rd August at 16:45 and 4th August at 18:15, outside the TwO Windows Theatre.

The fluttering fans, swaying skirts, twisting waists and smart breath realize the convergence of elegant, graceful, powerful meaning of Chinese traditional dance vividly, showing the inheritance and development of modern youth to traditional dance.

Cast: Yin Leying, Chen Xuhan, Cheng Yu, Bi Wenyi, Guo Weiyu

Shanghai Ocean University(SHOU) is a multi-disciplinary applied research-based institution of higher education jointly established by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, State Oceanic Administration and the Ministry of Agriculture. In September, 2017, it was selected by Ministry of Education into the ‘Double First-Class Initiative’ program for its First-Class Discipline of aquaculture. The school motto is defined as ‘Diligence, Sincerity, Dedication and Practicality’. It adheres to the philosophy of ‘Fisheries rights are related to ocean rights’. The campus culture is rich and colorful including the holding of college students’ culture and art festival regularly. We will stick to talent cultivation orientation and focus on promoting research and excavation projects on Marine culture to create an atmosphere of culture cultivation with unique Marine characteristics.

Accompanying event. Free admission.

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18 June 2019

The Artists and Theatres competing in this year’s ShakespeareOFF are as follows:

Wroclaw branch of the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow – „The Tempest” (Poland)

The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw / 2nd year of Actors Faculty – „Shakespeare’s Ghosts” based on Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Poland)

Aleksandra Grącka – „Mistress” based on The Taming of the Shrew (Poland)

Caroline Pagani – „HAMLETELIA” based on Hamlet, Antonius and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello (Italy)

Hubert Michalak / Tricklock Company – „The Shortest Shakespeare in the World” based on As you like it (USA/Poland)

Piotr Mateusz Wach & Jacek Niepsujewicz – „Kaliban’s Dream” based on The Tempest (Poland)

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – „Julius Caesar” (UK)

Shanghai International Study University – „Shakespeare Shake” (China)

Sławomir Krawczyński – „Hamlet. A Dream” (Poland)

Teatr Bakałarz – „Ecce Homo” based on Macbeth, King Lear, Julius Caesar and „Faustus” by Ch. Marlowe (Poland)

Teatr Polski in Poznan / Primary School No. 83 „Łejery” in Poznań – „A Small Premiere – Hamlet” (Poland)

Teatr R3 – „RYSZ\\\ARD” based on Richard III (Poland)

photo by Monika Soja, provided by Bakałarz Theatre

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18 April 2019

We are waiting for your presentation offer until 26th May!

The 4th edition of ShakespeareOFF Competition has commenced. This year the competion is a part of  „Shaking the Walls” project co-financed by Creative Europe Programme of European Union. The main theme of the competition is therefore to give an artistic shape to various kinds of real and metaphoric walls that divide people and communities: individuals, social and racial groups, nations and countries. The competition is a part of the 23rd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival taking place from 26th July to 4st August 2019, organised by the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation.

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5 August 2018

Golden Yorick Competition verdict

The two productions shown during the 22. Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, which are under consideration for the 25th Golden Yorick Award have both been accorded a distinction by the jury of professors Jacek Kopciński and Joanna Krakowska along with Jacek Wakar.
To the Musical Theatre Capitol, Wrocław for their visually startling and physically arresting production of “Macbeth” directed by Agata Duda-Gracz.

To the Song of the Goat Theatre for a finely nuanced evocation blending music and vocal expression in their production of “Hamlet, a commentary” directed by Grzegorz Bral.

ShakespeareOFF 2018 verdict

After careful consideration of the 12 entries in the ShakespeareOFF competition, 2018 the jury comprised of Agata Duda Gracz, Piotr Kruszczyński and Adam Nalepa has decided to divide the award of 8.000 PLN into 4 equal parts as follows:

– For displaying excellence in the craft of acting using to fine effect a lively refreshing approach to the true narrative tradition, a prize of 2.000 PLN is awarded to RADA for their production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

– For a learical testament and timely warning on the dangers of power, a prize of 2.000 PLN is awarded to the cast and creative team from Rozbark Theatre for their production “bless the king, non_lyrical song”

– For an audacious interpretation undermining Hamlet’s mask, a prize of 2.000 PLN is awarded to the cast and creative team behind S. Wyspiański National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków’s production of “Hamlet”

– For a measured reflection on an everpresent emotive theme, a prize of 2.000 PLN is awarded to Bakałarz Theatre, Kraków for their production of “Hatred”

– the prize of/ in the amount of 2.000 PLN for the overall performance and bestowing a mug to Hamlet goes to actors, director and set designer of “Hamlet” from S. Wyspiański National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków

Audience Jury Verdict:

The following have been awarded by the audience jury after seeing the entries in the ShakespeareOFF Competition 2018.
For consistency in developing dramatic tension and creating a palpable mood in keeping with contemporary concerns around intolerance, the Audience Prize 2018 of 700 PLN is given to Bakałarz Theatre, Kraków for their production of “Hatred”.

For a beautifully rendered exploration of evil the following distinction in a form of a symbolic 300 PLN has been given to Accademia Teatrale di Roma Compagnia Giovani, Italy for their production of “Riccardo. Long live the king.”

„Shakespeare Daily” festival newspaper verdict:

„Shakespeare Daily” newspaper award of 1000 PLN has been awarded to “Hamlet” by Unteatru from Romania for proving that the most famous of all theatre monologues “to be or not to be” doesn’t have to be said by the Danish Prince to be deeply moving.


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26 July 2018

There is a very limited number of ShakespeareOFF passes still available at the Theatre Box Office. ShakespeareOFF passes give you an opportunity to have a place in the first row, and become the audience Jury. The ShakespeareOFF Artistic Manager invites.

Film by Antonija Putić.

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