The first festival of theatre was originally made in 1989, Istanbul and is being made in every two years since 2002. This year, it'll be the 20th time of it and 90 different shows will be performed at 25 different locations. Besides; several colloquys, demonstrations and workshops will be free of charge. We listed some of the plays that you should not miss in this festival, which The Marmara Hotels is the official acommodation sponsor.
WAITING FOR GODOT
It would be a big mistake not to mention Waiting for Godot, when it comes to the 20th Istanbul Theatre Festival. The opening play of the festival is written by Samuel Beckett, about waiting and hope. Basically, the play will show the audience humanity itself. It's considered as one of the most important works of Samuel Beckett and will be directed by Sahika Tekand. The play will be at Uniq Hall, on the 3rd and 4th of May, at 20:30. Before we end our article, a famous scene from the play will give you a better idea.
- Don't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!
- Did I ever leave you?
- You let me go.
THE KINDLY ONES
The festival attracks attention with the adaptations of famous books and one of them is The Kindly Ones, which is written by Jonathan Littell and directed by Guy Cassiers. It's about the Jewish Holocaust from a Nazi officers's point of view. Besides the scenario, designs of the costumes and musics are also noteworthy. The play will be at Uniq Hall, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of May. Don't forget that a colloquy will be made with Guy Cassiers, after the play on the 7th of May.
THE COMPLETE DEATHS
This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and Istanbul Theatre Festival did not forget it at all. There'll be several Shakespeare plays in the festival and one of them is The Complete Deaths. The 4 Clowns of Britain known as Spymonkey (Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey and Toby Park) will be performing the 75 different deaths written by Shakespeare. A high level of understanding, comedy, depravation and poetry will be waiting for you on the 24th, 25th and 26th of May at Moda Sahnesi. This play will also have a colloquy after the play on the 24th of May.
This one is probably the most extraordinary play in the festival. It's written and directed by Sedef Ecer and about three different stories of three different women, starting from Guatemala, Vietnam and Turkey. In this play, you'll be able to see Meltem Cumbul, Fehmi Karaarslan, Ahu Türkpençe, Ece Dizdar, Fırat Tanış, Gizem Soysaldı, Mathilda May, Okan Bayülgen and Tilbe Saran perform. It will be on the 9th and 10th of May, at 20:30, Üsküdar Studyo Sahne.
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