The Dubrovnik based “Midsummer Scene Festival” has enjoyed international success. From Dubrovnik to Vienna, the festival’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which premiered at the Midsummer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik in 2015, has been performed in the Vienna English Theatre.
The cast, led by Croatian actor Filip Krenus, thrilled packed audiences in Vienna. And after the gala premiere the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Austria, H.E Leigh Turner, hosted a party at the British Embassy for the actors and producers. The Croatian producers, Darija Mikulandra Žanetić, Jelena Maržić and Filip Krenus, exchanged commemorative gifts with the Ambassador as well as introducing him to the Dubrovnik based festival.
Twelfth Night will be played every day except Sundays in Vienna, in the prime Christmas period, up until the 22nd of December. The Vienna English Theatre, which was packed for the opening night, has a long and impressive history and was founded over sixty years ago. The scenography was designed by Marin Gozze, lighting design by Sasa Mondecar, costumes by Bryony Thompson, music Bendict J. Davies, and Twefth Night also starred Helen Watkinson, Helen Millar, Emma Fenney, George Oliver, Jason Eddy, James Burton and Tom Michael Blyth. And the Vienna premiere of Shakespeare's comedy was created to the vision of British director Helen Tennison.
After Vienna, the festival will travel to Bermuda, which is yet another recognition of the international character of the festival and an indication that Croatian festivals can experience great international success and become an important cultural export.
The Midsummer Scene Festival will again delight audiences in Dubrovnik in the St. Lawrence Fortress in the summer of 2017 with a new Shakespeare work, and will join the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the death of the greatest Croatian comedy writer - Marin Držić.
Cast and producers meet the Ambassador in Vienna - Photo Michael Fennes