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Here’s a little overview to The-End of the Xth Shakespeare festival … 

Between June 27. and August, 9., the Gyula Shakespeare Festival, held its 51st season, whereas 60 programs were for spectators to enjoy. Within this number 10 to purchase ticket and the rest was free of charge. Overall, 27.500 visitors were interested to be a part at the Shakespeare Festival arrangements. Arriving from abroad were from twelve countries. Six hundred professionals and one thousand  amateur artists within three new presentations holding four festivals at Gyula.

The festival artistic high points was earned by presenting  probably the two out most classical works of Shakespeare:. On the first day A Midsummer Night’s Dream brought to Gyula by the Globe Theater from London and the Macbeth  play by the St. Petersburg Baltic House Festival Theater, director – Luk Perceval. Both play the performances attracted a full house.  Lectures were given by the Subotica Hungarian People’s Branch Theater.

For the first in Hungary, Gyula held the Fringe Festival, where street theater productions and folks could hook on some marvelous  concerts. Projected movies, was a two-day international conference to bring together leading researchers of Shakespeare and secondary school teachers, students filled the city’slibraryhall. Processing sonnets in jazz music, pop, classical and contemporary music genre made the night by the invited artists from around the homeland and abroad.

Workshop was organized for secondary school students. Contemporary menu was served with the taste of Shakespeare’s delights at one of the local restaurant. The festival organizers deemed a success at this year’s festival.

Update by Aggie Reiter




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The 10th Shakespeare Festival brought new blood into the circulation at Gyula with organizing for the first time the Shakespeare Fringe Festival, which basically gathers theatrical productions as dance, music, comedy all in action, held on the street. This time the performance was on the lawn area under a tent beside the Castle of Gyula.



Presentated by the Studio of the Lajos Soltis Theater from Celldömölk.

Cast: Anna Boznánszky, Beatrix Hajba, László Sipos, Leticia Lang, Flóra Lestár, Mercédesz Marton, Ádám Piller, Franciska Stangl, Renata Varga, Gergő Szekér, Renata Varga, Veronika Mihácsi.

Directors: Agnes Benkő,  Zsolt Nyári

Grand selection of Shakespeare works interpreted in comedy and drama. In the audience were young children and folks of all age and in a very short time they got into the rhythm and seeing their reactions to the plays, surely had fun on the pieces.

The „Shakespop” was presented by 11 young adults being in their third-year studies at the studio of Lajos Soltis Theater.  They were presenting parts from Shakespeare’s drama, as: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Thoughts were implemented, borrowed from R.D. Laing psychologist writings and from movies. Within their plays a selection of popular songs lyrics had been included expressing emotions. Deals with issues in collaboration, such as love, pairs living together, adoption, work conflicts, issues of acceptance of others.

Pieces of the theater performances have been recognized on several occasions and received several awards. For example at the XXIV. National Student Drama Festival  at Vasvár, whereas special awards have been given … Hamlet’s monologue by Balázs Szabó,  the quality of vocal music for the enforcement and original text handling. For director’s work the stakeholders were to Ágnes Benkő and Zsolt Nyári.

Had the pleasure to spend two-days at Gyula, and enjoyed being present on the first day watching the “new wave”  performance … whereas gestures becomes action. Good choice by organiser  to bring the Shakespeare Fringe in the frame of the Shakespeare Festival concerning it has not been  held previously anywhere in Hungary. It was a special treat.

For furthermore followup  on the Xth Shakespeare Festival can be soon spotted here concerning the following:  Sunday, July,10 attended at the press call having actors from London’s Globe theater to be playing „Much Ado about Nothing” and were also in the house the stuff and actors to be on stage with the freestyle Macbeth arrived from Petersburg Baltic House Festival, representing the National Theater, Balti House. Day 2… during  the early afternoon hours participated at the first day of the 2-days International Conference titled: „Is Shakespeare still our contemporary?”

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter


The poster presentation by István Orosz, Kossuth-Prize-winning artist

The poster presentation by István Orosz, Kossuth-Prize-winning artist

The 10th Shakespeare Festival at the City of Gyula is all about introducing Shakespeare’s well-known works within twelve days.

The opening piece begins with one of the delightful  and cheerful fairy tale at the Gyula Castle Stage  titled:  “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. After almost a fortnight behind us of the MidSummer Night we can live again the tale, whereas the lights ablaze in the night, catch fire in the hearts, goblins, fairies, goblins and witches will  walk among the audience. This work of Shakespeare is based on the longest day of the year mysteries. This magical night’s performance will by directed by the famous Georgian director David Doiashvili and on stage will be the non less awesome actors arriving from the Budapest, the  Hungarian National Theater.

There will be three plays presenting  Will’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”at the Castle Stage:

Thursday, July, 3. at 8.30 p.m.

Friday, July, 4. at 8.30 p.m.

Saturday, July, 5. at 8.30 p.m.

To have an overview of the play’s actors on stage, quote from the director and the price of tickets can be followed in English language at:

Wishing all the visitors a splendid evening during the  Midsummer Night’s Dream play!


Update by Aggie Reiter



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The Gyula’s Shakespeare Festival Celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

Here’s a peak into the upcoming  six-weeks …  June, 22  and August, 11. 2014. … programs at the City of Gyula.

William Shakespeare turned 450 years old this April. The Gyula Shakespeare Festival celebrates in style within its 10th year anniversary. Even after 450 years, Shakespeare still has a strong impact and influential role in society and on people’s educational upbringing. William Shakespeare’s work is considered and treated as the greatest literature in the English language. Also known as his works encompassed every emotional experience the human beings have. Shakespeare has permeated the Western culture and around every corner of the Earth is a reference to his incredible works. His intellectually rich stories and characters have influenced numerous books, movies and television shows. Even our everyday language has been shaped by the common phrases he originally coined, such as:  „Dead as a doornail” – „A laughing stock” – „A wild goose chase”- „Neither here nor there” -„In stitches” … and last but not least, one of  Shakespeare’s common phrase the  „Fair play” is mostly known and in use in the daily communication around in all the societies of our Globe. The program director, József  Gedeon held a preliminary program review, whereas he mention in brief three new presentation to come, such as the „Midsummer Night’s Dream”- Thursday, July, 3. – played by the National Theater from Budapest ,staged at the Castle, directed by the internationally renowned  Georgian, David Doiashvili. The „Journey by Moonlight” from Szerb’s novel, the most popular works from the 20th century’s Hungarian literature . On – Tuesday, July, 22. at the Ladics courtyard will be staged the adaptation of the cult novel „The moon prisoners „ by Árpád Sopsits on the stage at the Castle Theater. The Hungarian Olympic water polo team and a nice Scottish lady-turn by the adventures of the ’30s,  Pál Ábraham – Imre Harmath – László Szilágyi – Dezső Kellér the musical comedy. This piece will set the stage for a presentation on Thursday,July 31, at the pond theater „Chewing Tobacco Bartholomew”. The lively presentation by the dancers and a brass band players joining the festival from the Székesfehérvár’s  Vörösmarty Theater During the festival multi-arts festival can also be visited to theater, music, film, children’s corners and gastronomy. At the jubilee festival the key performances will be the arrival of  Shakespeare’s Globe theater from London. The popular comedy „Much Ado About Nothing” is directed by Gyula Max Webster. The world-famous Belgian director Luk Perce staging „Macbeth” arriving from St. Petersburg Baltic House Festival Theater.  Visitors are more than welcomed to see „King Lear” starring with the well-known Hungarian actor György Cserhalmi.  The „Whatever you want” comedy will be preformed by the Vig Theater from Budapest. The presentation of „Macbeth” will be shown by the guest Maladype Theater. A superb Chilean company will be presented  the „Othello”. The cream on top of the cake will be presented by the Scottish Society in ancient Scottish language „gelule”  „Macbeth”. Better to sharpen your ears, and hopefully in just 10 minutes will be easy to flow and follow the lyrics. For the first time to be organized in Hungary at all, the visitors may see … as a side event … connected into having a slice of the  Fringe Street Theater – Thursday, July, 10. …  the company is known as the largest arts festival in the world. Also musical productions can be captured at various public venues in the city. Within the upcoming six-week program, three-days of folk festival, craft fair starting at Friday, June 27. On Tuesday, July, 15. Folk and World Music Festival will fill the air staring: Ferenc Sebő, the Muzsikás, Márta Sebestyén, Kálmán BaloghSaturday, July 19. the Zawinul Legacy Band  former co-musicians arriving from the States will be giving a memorial concert to one of the greatest jazz musicians of the century Joe Zawinul. Live jazz night  show by the Dresch Quartett and Klára Hajdú – Winner of the Year jazz singer.  JAZZZZZZZ will not be missing, guest musician once again will take the stage. The excellent Belgian jazz singer Vanwelden Carroll, who composed music to Shakespeare’s sonnets. Sunday, July, 20. coming from USA, the virtuoso R & B saxophonist Sax Gordon, playing together with the best Italian blues band, Luca Giordano Band, also on stage together with the awesome musicians  the famous Hungarian blues guitarist Tibor Tátrai. Internationally renowned harmonica Matthias Pribojszki band and the Blue Rabbit Hammond Band will give much pleasure to the Jazz Lovers.The Beregszászi Theater brings a historic plays. „Re-creating Zoltán” directed by Attila Vidnyánszky. There will be readings of contemporary Hungarian theater story pieces. The kids will be entertained bythe Bóbita puppet shows. Continuously being on stage for 40 years, the superb and most popular for over generations, the 70s  musical production of the „Popfestival” directed by Enikő Eszényi, Director – Budapest Vig Theater will beat the musical under the moonlight at the Castle Theater. The Dohnányi Orchester led by Gábor Hollerung along with the ExperiDance Essence will be one of the highlights at the festival. During the Shakespeare Festival an exhibition of the landscape painter of Gyula born, 170 years ago Munkácsy  can be visited. The Castle Theater continues the tradition of bringing the best performers of all ages, tastes of viewers. Tickets can already be booked for the summer performances at the Castle Theater Board of Directory. For in-depth information visit: also  having English context. Reaching the-end to this update, indeed must bring your attention to not just culture hungry lovers, but  in addition to the taste  the Shakespearean kitchen. During the festival the Patriot Restaurant invites guests to have a feast of the Shakespeare’s kitchen, at 3. Kossuth Str. Gyula, whereas  folks may ease their hunger by  having their valid theater tickets to  receive a 15%  discount for their meals between June, 27 and August, 10. 2014. Updates to be continued …

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter