Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, the World Theatre Festival is an annual event which brings the best of global theatre to Croatian audiences. Held in the nation’s capital, three plays are performed over a two-week period in the grand surroundings of the Croatian National Theatre. The festival’s curators develop a varied programme, staging a mixture of the classics and the best of contemporary theatre. Last year’s audience had the opportunity to see Ostermeier’s ‘The Marriage of Maria Braun’, Okada’s ‘Time’s Journey through a Room’ and Belgian Vandalem’s ‘Tristesses’. Keep an eye on the festival website to find out what the organisers have planned for what is sure to be a special 15th anniversary itinerary.
The World Theatre Festival takes place over over two weeks in late September. Performances are occasionally staged at the Zagreb Youth Theatre but the main location is the Croatian National Theatre on Marshal Tito Square in the Lower Town of Zagreb. You can buy tickets for the shows from the theatre’s box office or online at the website. Prices vary depending on whether you’re sitting in the orchestra area or the slightly cheaper balcony. Discounted packages are available if you book for all three shows.
The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings so if you’re heading there for the World Theatre Festival, you really are in for a treat. It also has a full and varied itinerary of performances all year round, ranging from ballet to Molière’s Tartuffe to La Bohème. The venue also hosts popular political events - it recently welcomed controversial Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis in conversation at a sold out show. Given that it’s one of the city’s favourite venues, we would recommend that you book your tickets early for the festival as they regularly sell out.
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While you’re in the Zagreb for the festival, take the time to discover the amazing sights in this historic capital. Stroll through Maksimir Park, while away the time in the cafés of Ban Jelačić and explore Mirogoj Cemetery. Browse the colourful wares of the flower sellers in Preradović.
To find out more information about the event, please go to the festival website where you’ll be able to view the programme as soon as it’s released, check out past programmes and find the address of the venue.
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