Ivan Vazov National Theatre of Bulgaria, Sofia
premiere 5 October 1996, Main stage
revised version 30 November 1999
Stage version &
Costumes and masks
Boris Lukanov, Renny Vrangova, Krastyo Lafazanov, Yuriy Angelov, Marian Bozukov, Dimitar Rachkov, Hristo Cheshmedzhiev, Teodor Elmazov, Petar Popyordanov
A thunderous sea storm throws the the Duke of Milan's ship on the shore of a mysterious deserted island. Deserted, yet inhabited by strange creatures and sounds of unknown origin. It is the kingdom of the mighty but merciful magician Prospero who rules with the help of the airy spirit Ariel. The shipwreck was anything but an accident.
To me, in the beginning staging Shakespeare was an act of hooliganism. Big deal it's Shakespeare! I'm staging it as I like, as I feel it rumbling within me. But the further I pervade the Shakespearean territory the more demanding I become of myself - this has grown to an extent that I'm currently struggling to intentionally recover my "irresponsibility" towards the text and to distance myself from unnecessary details and from the readings of the critics. To me, humour is the only approach there is. Self-irony and endless joy from the world is the way I know to make theatre.
~ Alexander Morfov
Askeer Annual Theatre Award 1997
- Svetoslav Kokalov, Set designer of the Year
Icarus Award, given by the Union of Bulgarian Actors 1997
- Petar Popyordanov, Krastyo Lafazanov - Supporting male role
- Excellence in technical realisation
Ohrid Isis given at the Ohrid Summer Theatre Festival 1997
- Best production