Slovak Macbeth wins top honours at Nitra Theater Festival 1999

Fourteen performing groups from nine countries gathered in Nitra last week to present contemporary stagings of classical theater at the Nitra Theater Festival '99. To mark the importance of the festival, the Polish, Czech, Hungarian, and Slovak culture ministers all attended the festival's opening ceremony September 24, and stayed on until the next day to discuss cooperation in the area of culture.
The award for the best theatre performance at this eighth international festival was given to Nitra's own Divadlo Andreja Bagara for its staging of Macbeth, directed by Czech Vladimír Morávek. The performance also won best director and two other awards.


Marián Labuda of the Divadlo Andreja Bagara played Macbeth.
photo: Filip Vančo

Fourteen performing groups from nine countries gathered in Nitra last week to present contemporary stagings of classical theater at the Nitra Theater Festival '99. To mark the importance of the festival, the Polish, Czech, Hungarian, and Slovak culture ministers all attended the festival's opening ceremony September 24, and stayed on until the next day to discuss cooperation in the area of culture.

The award for the best theatre performance at this eighth international festival was given to Nitra's own Divadlo Andreja Bagara for its staging of Macbeth, directed by Czech Vladimír Morávek. The performance also won best director and two other awards.

The festival, which attracted theater-goers from throughout the country, included a Swiss performance of Maria Magdalena of Theater Basel from Switzerland and French performance of El Cid of Festival d'Avignon from France. The British Volcano Theatre Company Swansea also presented Macbeth in the original English. A touching note was struck by Nitra theatre company Teatro Tatro, which hosted performances to help pay for the medical care of Ivan Hudák, a young stage designer ill with leukaemia.

The festival was supported in part by 3.6 million crowns from the state, one of the largest theatre projects of the year. Even so, curators have asked the state for an additional 1.5 million to cover unexpected costs. Under the former Culture Minister, Ivan Hudec, the festival received no funding.

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