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MIDSUMMER SCENE is the southernmost English theatre festival in Europe
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It coincides with the beginning of summer and, following the centuries-old Dubrovnik tradition of open-air theatre, all our shows are performed under the stars. Our main stage is Fort Lovrjenac, one of the most evocative and atmospheric venues on the continent. We begun our life marking 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 2014 and, ever since, the Bard has been the core of Midsummer Scene Festival. In 2018 we have celebrated our first five years with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play that, in part, gave the Festival its name. Our 2015 production of Twelfth Night transferred to Vienna’s English Theatre in 2016 – the year we

also featured the first actress to play the titular role in Hamlet on a major stage in South-eastern Europe –  and travelled to Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts in 2017. We revisited Bermuda in January 2019 to open the inagural season of Shakespeare on the Rock. Midsummer Scene Festival 2019 – Season of Love and Hate marks our sixth edition with Romeo & Juliet as our headline production. We are opening our cabaret scene, and continue the promotion of works by Marin Držić, a Dubrovnik native and a major Renaissance playwright.

Midsummer Scene is a project of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board  and the City of Dubrovnik and it is a joint production with Brilliant Events, Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theatre Productions Ltd. London


Midsummer Scene Festival 2019 – Season of Love and Hate marks our sixth edition with Romeo & Juliet as our headline production. Every year we strive to enrich our programme and open the ancient City to international artists.

This year we have the joint programme with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and we continue the successful collaboration with The House of Marin Držić – the museum dedicated to life and works of a major Renaissance playwright and Dubrovnik native. We have joined forces with the Marin Držić Theatre to co-produce Uncle Maroye Re-Examined, a piece inspired by Držić’s most famous comedy written in 1551. The production has been selected for the main programme of Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival.

We are also proud to open a cabaret scene with the celebrated duo Roulston & Young and welcome the acclaimed production of I, Who Have Hands More Innocent. This year, the festival’s educational outreach includes Lessac Institute voice workshops.



The most famous story of love at first sight with no happy ever after comes to Fort Lovrjenac this summer. Star-crossed lovers ripped apart by the bitter feuding of their families, risk everything to stay together.

Our festival headline production is set in 1960s Verona with the backdrop La Mala del Brenta, a Northern Italian version of the Mafia. This version of the play has a distinctly Medditeranean feel, in a period when rebellious teenagers flaunting convention and challenging authority were still very much  a novelty.

Will the courage to see change spark a change or will divisions continue through generations?

Performed by the British cast, this production is supported by an international creative team.

Fort Lovrjenac, 22nd June – 5th July, every night at 9.30 pm, except 27th June





21st June till 7th July


21st June at 9 pm / In front od St. Blaise’s church

World Music Day Concert

Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra / Noorman Widjaja, conductor (Indonesia) / Matej Meštrović, piano (Croatia).

Dubrovnik kontradanza*, Meštrović: Let Them Come In, Robić: You Only Love Once*, Gotovac: Ero the Joker*,  Nardelli: A Song for Dubrovnik*. *arr. by D. Butigan

world premiere: M. Meštrović: New England Rhapsody

Admission is free



22nd June - 5th July at 9:30 pm* / Fort Lovrjenac

William Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet

Directed by Sean Aita, performed in English.

*every night except 27th June

Tickets: 200/250/300/350 kn



27th June at 9:30 pm / Fort Lovrjenac

Vesna Parun / Vesna Tominac Matačić

I, Who Have Hands More Innocent

Based on the extraordinary life and poetry by Vesna Parun. Directed by Ivan Leo Lemo, performed by Vesna Tominac Matačić in Croatian, with English subtitles.

Tickets: 100 kn



6th July at 9:30 pm / The Rector’s Palace

Songs for Lovers (and Other Idiots)

Famous London cabaret performed by Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston. ‘A musical match made in heaven… dazzlingly brilliant' Fest Magazine

Tickets: 150/200/250/300/350 kn


7th July  at 9:30 pm  / The Rector’s Palace

Uncle Maroye Re-Examined

A co-production of House of Marin Držić, Marin Držić Theatre and Midsummer Scene Festival, directed by Paolo Tišljarić and performed in English by the Festival ensemble. Based on the comedy Uncle Maroye by Marin Držić, one of the greatest European Renaissance playwrights, and a Dubrovnik native. The rearranged fragments of the play are set at Rector's Palace, where the comedy was first performed in 1551. This project has been included in the main programme of Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival 2019.

Admission is free


Ticket sales:


Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Pile

Luža, Stradun

Box office at Fort Lovrjenac one hour before the performance



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