- What’s On
The spotlights will shine in November as The Istanbul Theatre Festival returns to the stages. The festival is returning to an annual cycle after 15 years as a biennial, and will bring a wide range of local and international artists to perform theatre and dance pieces. Featuring performances by 19 theatre and dance ensembles in 18 different venues, this year’s festival promises to be a highlight of Istanbul’s autumn art scene.
We’re excited to catch some classic theatre works, such as Chekhov’s The Seagull directed by the Turkish contemporary theatre director Serdar Biliş, and two Shakespeare plays with Richard III directed by Thomas Ostermeier and The Tempest reinterpreted by Kemal Aydoğan. We’re also looking forward to a never-before-staged play by Nahid Sirri Örik called Betrayal, staged by the Ankara State Theatre.
You can find the massive programme for the festival here. Be sure to check the languages carefully – many of the international productions are not in English and will only be screened with Turkish surtitles.