The 22nd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

10 days / 7 countries

27th July – 5th August


The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

Performances, concerts, workshops, meetings with artists, seminars
OFF stage: monodramas, street theatre, performances, happenings

The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival is one of the biggest international events which, thanks to the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation, every year hosts the best Shakespeare productions and the most eminent theatre artists from all over the world.

In previous years we had the great pleasure of hosting such stars as Peter Brook, Luk Perceval, László Bocsárdi, Elizabeth LeCompte, Robert Sturua, Silviu Purcarete, Edward Hall, Giuseppe Dipasquale, Romeo Castelluci and many others.

We also had a unique opportunity to see various interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays created by theatres from a great number of countries, such as: the United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Latvia, Cuba, Denmark, Italy, Belarus, Hungary, Armenia, Iceland, Israel, South Korea, the United States of America, Japan, Spain, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, Macedonia, Czech Republic or Zimbabwe.

The 22nd edition of the festival will definitely meet everyone’s expectations when it comes to big names and outstanding Shakespearean productions. You will be able to see performances from Argentina, Iran, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and Poland.

As every year performances will be accompanied by workshops, meetings with artists, open rehearsals, seminars of the Summer Shakespeare Academy. There will also be a diverse ShakespeareOFF programme of alternative theatre and artistic presentations.



ShakespeareOFF is a festival strand of alternative theatre and fringe presentations. This year, for the second time, it includes a competition. Details will follow soon.
Previous festivals


Here you may find details concerning previous festivals which took place from 2008 to 2016.
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Probably the biggest Shakespearean theatrical event in the world,… and it is still getting bigger!

258 events in 2015

211 events in 2014

154 events in 2013


Main stage events of the Festival include Polish and foreign performances inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. The audience has a unique opportunity to see the most interesting modern adaptation’s of Shakespeare’s plays created in recent years. Polish productions presented during the festival are pre-selected and compete for the Golden Yorick Award and the title of the best staging of a Shakespearean play in the given theatre season. The award ceremony is held during the closing night of the Festival. Since 2011 main stage events are accompanied by ShakespeareOFF which offers an alternative programme for all those interested in fringe theatre.

Box Office


Buy your tickets at the GST box office, online or at the door one hour before the show starts. Online ticket sales for ShakespeareOFF will close 24 hrs before the performance.

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The events of the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival will take place in different venues in Tricity. Our map will help you get around and find all the festival’s events.

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International platform for artists to interact with the European public, it includes outstanding new renditions of Shakespeare plays, critic debates, workshops and more.



Press pack

A prepared package of information about the Festival and artists featuring in this year’s programme. Set of promotional photographs and logos available to download



We would like to thank all the institutions, companies and media partners for their continued support of the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

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