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International Theatre Festival in Venice

International Theatre Festival

The Venice Biennale’s International Theatre Festival started in 1934 with the aim to perform classic works of a Venetian subject in the scenery of Venice. Among the first performances was Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice directed by Max Reinhardt and with music by Victor de Sabata. From the second edition in 1936 onwards, the festival took place annually.




The 42nd International Theatre Festival will be held this year from 2nd to 11th August, featuring some of the best pieces of the international and the Italian scene, as well as meetings and conferences with relevant personalities.

Ten days of performances around top-flight artists, who have contributed to renewing the international scene in recent decades, as Ute Lemper that will inaugurate the Festival on August 2nd.

Ute Lemper

Angélica Liddell, one of the greatest revelations in recent years with her personal version of Shakespeare’s Richard III, David Espinosa and his provocative “minimalism”, an example of theatre in time of crisis. And more: Krystian Lupa, Thomas Pstermeier, Guy Cassier, Gabriela Carrizzo, Peeping Tom, Claudio Tolcachir, Jan Lauwers, Fabrizio Arcuri and Declan Donnellan.

These artists will become Masters in Vencie for young people selected for 1 masterclass and 16 workshops of Biennale College – Theatre, 8 of which will end in new creations and performances open to the public. The result is Shakespeare x5, an itinerary in 5 short productions about Shakespearian characters, selected and interpreted according to the radically diverging approaches of 5 directors.

Shakespeare x 5

The program scheduled will be perform in 7 different location of Venice, most of them easily reachable from the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Sant’Elena. 

A special reduction is available upon presentation of a ticket for the 55th International Art Exhibition.

Enjoy the show!

Ca’ Giustinian Sala Colonne

Sunday August 4th at 4:00pm W. Mouawad and at 5:00pm G. Cassiers
Monday August 5th at 4:00pm Motus and at 5:00pm D. Donnellan / N. Ormerod
Tuesday August 6th at 5:00pm C. Tolcachir
Wednesday August 7th at 5:00pm J. Lauwers
Thursday August 8th at 4:00pm F. Arcuri and at 5:00pm K. Lupa
Friday August 9th at 5:00pm A. Liddell
Saturday August 10th at 4:00pm M. Morau and at 5:00pm R. Castellucci
Sunday August 11th at 5:00pm G. Carrizo and at 6:00pm T. Ostermeier / F. Borchmeyer
Teatro alle Tese
Saturday August 3rd at 10:00pm Guy Cassiers / Toneelhuis, Sunken Red
Sunday August 4th at 10:00pm Motus, Nella tempest
Tuesday August 6th at 9:00pm Jan Lauwers / Needcompany, Marketplace 76
Thursday August 8th at 9:00pm Angélica Liddell, El ano de Ricardo
Saturday August 10th at 7:00pm Peeping Tom, 32 Rue Vandenbranden
At Teatro alle Tese Due Alex Rigola, El policìa de la ratas on August, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th at 7:00pm
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
Saturday August 3rd at 7:00pm Wajdi Mouawad, Seuls
Monday August 5th at 3:00pm Artefatti, Io Banquo
August 6th and 7th at 7:00pm Artefatti, Io Cinna and Io Fiordipestello
Teatro La Fenice
Friday August 2nd at 9:30pm Ute Lemper, Sings Brecht and Weill
Sunday August 4th at 7:00pm Declan Donnellan / Cheek by Jowl, Ubu Roi
Teatro Goldoni
Monday August 5th at 9:00pm Claudio Tolcachir, El viento en un violin
Wednesday August 7th at 9:00pm Krystian Lupa / Stary Teatr, Ritter, Dene, Voss
Saturday August 10th at 9:30pm Thomas Ostermeier / Schaubuhne, Ein Volksfeind
Ca’ Giustinian
From August 3rd to August 10th at 12:00pm and at 3:00pm David Espinosa, Mi Gran Obra
Sunday August 11th at 11am Shakespeare x5
Admission by invitation at the Golden and Silver Lions Award Ceremony on Friday, August 2nd, at 4:00pm in Ca’ Giustinian

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