The premiere of the comedy The Storm opened the Summer Shakespeare Festival

Updates: 28.06.2021 22:25

Prague – This year’s Summer Shakespeare Festival began today in the Royal Garden of Prague Castle with the premiere of the comedy Storm directed by the author duo Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský (SKUTR). The main roles were played by David Prachař as the Duke of Milan Prospero, Josef Polášek as the clown Trinkulo, Marek Daniel in the role of cellar master Stefan, Eliška Křenková as Miranda and Csongor Kassai in the role of Ariel. The storm will be on the agenda in Prague every day until July 17 and then from August 16 to 29. The festivities will also take place in Brno, where they will begin on July 17, in Ostrava (July 19) and in Bratislava (July 5).

The organizers believe that the Summer Shakespeare Festival will take place to the extent that the audience is accustomed to, even though they will be accompanied by stricter hygiene measures this year as well. Now up to 5,000 people can take part in outdoor events, partly on public events. There can be a maximum of 2,000 visitors inside the buildings, while the capacity can be filled to a maximum of 75 percent.

“One speaks to one, that is theater. This will not replace any youtube or podcast,” said translator Martin Hilský, who traditionally took the introductory word of the Summer Shakespeare Festival. Hilský is the most famous translator of Shakespeare’s work and an expert on the life of the famous playwright. In 2001, he was appointed an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to the dissemination of English literature in the Czech Republic. In 2015, he won the main National Award of the Czech Head project for the translation of the complete work of William Shakespeare into Czech.

The Storm is William Shakespeare’s last great play and is considered his most personal statement. It contains all the basic themes of his plays and the character Prosper is perceived as the embodiment of a playwright. In his role, Prachař is a distant continuation of the character of Oberon, whom he portrayed in Midsummer Night’s Dream. “I’ve had a lot of Shakespearean characters behind me: Jaga, Coriolan, Macbeth, King Lear or Hamlet. Most of them will die, but Prospero won’t. So I see him as such an optimistic character,” he said.

Zdeněk Piškula introduced himself as the son of King Ferdinand of Naples as a son full of love, conspiracy and forgiveness. “I wanted my Ferdinand not to be a first-rate hero, but a bit of a jerk, burdened by being born into a royal family and growing up in a tight court environment.

At the Prague premiere, the audience will be introduced to the Slovak production of the greatest love tragedy of all time, Romeo and Juliet, on August 13 and 14, starring David Hartl and Mária Schumerová. The program of the festivities will also include Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew or Much Ado About Nothing. The next Prague premiere on July 29 will be the comedy Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by the Prague Shakespeare Company and directed by Guy Roberts, in its original version with Czech subtitles.

One hundred theatrical performances of last year’s Summer Shakespeare Festival were attended by 62,341 spectators. It was significantly less than the previous year’s almost 100,000 visitors, last year the organizers shortened the event due to the covid-19 disease and could not prepare a new premiere production.

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