The greatest Dubrovnik writer and the greatest author of all time met last night in Dubrovnik when Marin Drzic met William Shakespeare. In collaboration between the House of Marin Drzic, the Freinds of Dubrovnik Antiquities and the Midsummer Scene Festival actors from A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed scenes from the Marin Drzic classic Uncle Maroje. The atmospheric Sponza Palace in the very heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik was the backdrop for this English language theatre and to bring home the full ambience the actors were backed by the early music ensemble Plazarius.
The Marin Drzic House in Dubrovnik promotes the importance and values of the legacy of the greatest author from the city. The project Drzic meets Shakespeare represents the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage by brining the characters and work of Marin Drzic to a foreign audience. The next step for this project is to hold performances abroad to further promote Drzic and at the same time Dubrovnik.
Over the past few weeks the Lovrijenac Fortress was home to one of the most famous Shakespeare comedies “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” These performances as part of the Midsummer Scene Festival were enjoyed by over three thousand guests from all over the world. Under the creative direction of Helen Tennison the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was brought to life in a modern and amusing way. And rightly so Shakespeare in Dubrovnik was praised by many international media outlets who described the plays as “exciting” and “a romantic and poignant journey.”
In addition to the daily performances this year’s festival also had a musical touch as the Dubrovnik Syphony Orchestra held a concert in the same fortress entitled “Baroque vs. Film” in which such classics and the theme tune to The Godfather, James Bond and Titanic were played alongside Baroque music.
Furthermore there was a photo exhibition by Bari Goddard as part of the festival in which with his own magical way he presented images from Dubrovnik as well as from previous years of the Midsummer Scene Festival. The exhibition was held in the Sponza Palace and was entitled “From Illyria to Elsinore.”