Shakespeare returns to Dubrovnik in the sixth edition of the Midsummer Scene Festival called the Season of Love and Hate. The festival will be marked by the play Romeo and Juliet. One of the most famous love stories in the world will be heard in English for the first time on the Lovrjenac Fort. Director Sean Aita places Verona in the mafia context of the early 1960’s when the rebellious teenagers were still a big novelty in the traditional Italy.
Sean Aita is directing a play for the first time in Croatia. He is an awarded British director and member of Trinity College in London, and for thirty years he has written and directed for the Vienna’s English Theatre. At this theatre’s main repertoire Midsummer Scene Festival success Twelfth Nigth was included.
This year, the experienced ensemble is led by Georgia Christodoulou as Juliet and Clement Charles as Romeo. This young acting duo has recently graduated at the Royal Conservatory of Birmingham as the best in the class and will mark Dubrovnik as their career start. Other parts include Jenni Lea-Jones, Nicholas Limm, Alexander Varey, Richard Emerson, Amanda Osborne, Mark Elstob and Croat Filip Krenus.
The performances of this early Shakespeare tragedy will emerge with the Lovrjenac Fort with the help of costume designer and stage designer Maira Vazeou, who works in Greece on the Prague quadrangle of scenery and theater architecture, while the design of lights will be created by Aleksandar Mondecar.
The Midsummer Scene Festival starts on June 21st and runs until July 7th. Apart from the new premier of Romeo and Juliet, which will have 13 performances at Lovrjenac, there are other events such as concerts, cabarets, guest appearances, and Drzic in English. The Midsummer Scene Festival is a project by the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, produced by Brilliant Events, Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theater Productions, London.