Croatian theatre festival Midsummer Scene boasts a large international recognition. After finishing the third season, during which the festival marked the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death by staging Hamlet, Midsummer Scene is recognized around the world and moves on international guest performances. Last year's success, the play Twelfth Night directed by Helen Tennison, was included in the main repertoire of the Vienna English Theatre in prime Advent period where it will be running daily from 7 November to 22 December.
Vienna's English Theatre is the oldest and most prestigious theatre with a repertoire in English in continental Europe. Since its founding to the present on the stage of this theatre performed Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Princess Grace of Monaco, Leslie Nielsen, Anthony Quinn, Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench.
Eight members of the cast that have originally played this show at the Fort of St. Lawrence will play it in Vienna too, including Croatian actor with a London address Philip Krenus, who participates in the transfer of production to Vienna with the Festival Producers Darija Mikulandra and Jelena Marzic. Rehearlsals to rebuild part of the show will partly take place in London, again under the auspices of the Croatian Embassy and Ambassador Ivan Grdesic. Set designer Marin Gozze joins the creative team and with the lighting engineer Sasa Mondecar he will try to transfer the charm of the original performances from Lovrijenac to Vienna with visual identity.
After Vienna the play is moving to guest performance on the Bermuda Festival from 23 to 26 January 2017, where they will perform the play at the Earl Cameron Theatre in the centre of Hamilton, capital of Bermuda. Theatre is located in the old complex of City Hall and the Art Centre. For that occasion, Marin Gozze and Sasa Mondecar will also join the creative team.
These guest performances are a big step forward for the Croatian theatre festival and the only English festival in this part of Europe. This is a confirmation of the quality and the start of the spreading of the Midsummer Scene festival, which from the beginning has distinguished international character.