Wittenberg Revisited

by Georgi Tenev and Ivan Dobchev

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a York International Shakespeare Festival production

Saturday April 20, 5:30 pm with an introduction event at 4:30pm

The Atrium, York St John University Creative Centre

European Reading in Performance (BULGARIA)

Hidden in the deepest dungeon of Denmark, immediately after Hamlet’s death, Horr/atio prepares to drink the dregs of the poisoned cup. Then… comes a knock on the door. Starting at a pivotal moment for the future of Denmark, Wittenberg Revisited  takes its audience through a labyrinth of mysteries surrounding the Prince and those closest to him, in order to see them in a completely new light. Like any good crime story, it revels in asking unasked questions, unpeeling layers of silence, and constructing a new history of events, with a ghost at its centre and a love that Shakespeare’s play leaves unresolved.

Written by Georgi Tenev, one of the most intellectually probing Bulgarian novelists, and Ivan Dobchev, a seminal theatre director and pedagogue, the play was the 2011 jewel in the crown of the influential Theatre Laboratory Sfumato, in Sofia. In 2012, it received the national ASKEER Prize for contemporary dramaturgy.

We are delighted to give this first staged reading of the play in English, directed by York based actor and director Jacob Ward.

Jacob Ward is an actor and director from York. He trained at The Oxford School of Drama. Recent acting works include: The Tempest: York Shakespeare Project, A Fool Fooled (Marin Držić): York International Shakespeare Festival, and an immersive War of the Roses: York Creatives and Viridian FX. He also directed War of the Roses and A Fool Fooled; other recent directing credits include: The Real Thing: York Settlement Community Players at York Theatre Royal and Outliving: Next Door But One (as part of Yorkshire Trios at York Theatre Royal).

The reading will be preceded by an introduction from Professor Boika Sokolova and Professor Nicoleta Cinpoes which is free to attend.

Tickets £5 all tickets – bookings through the link below

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image from the first production