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Colleagues and public to mourn Bednárik in final farewell

Theatre colleagues, relatives and the wider public will bid a final farewell to director and actor Jozef Bednárik who died last week. On August 30 his coffin will be placed in the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre in Hviezdoslavovo Square beginning at 10:30. The event can be followed on a big screen placed outside, the SITA newswire wrote.

Theatre colleagues, relatives and the wider public will bid a final farewell to director and actor Jozef Bednárik who died last week. On August 30 his coffin will be placed in the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre in Hviezdoslavovo Square beginning at 10:30. The event can be followed on a big screen placed outside, the SITA newswire wrote.

Renowned Slovak theatre director Jozef Bednárik, who specialised in musical, opera and dance productions, died in Bratislava on August 22 at the age of 65. The cause of death was serious metabolic and heart collapse, according to the TASR newswire.

Since the early 1980s, Bednárik had devoted his professional career solely to directing theatrical performances, first in his hometown of Zeleneč and later in the Nitra-based Andrej Bagar Theatre (DAB), Bratislava’s Nová Scéna theatre and at the Slovak National Theatre (SND), TASR reported.

Bednárik also staged his performances at a number of renowned theatre festivals in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Japan, Monaco and the UK. Bednárik is considered to be a pioneer in promoting musicals in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and enjoyed great success with pieces such as Zorba the Greek, Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the first Slovak musical, Adam Šangala.
(Source: SITA, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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