Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL)

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Mestno gledališče ljubljansko (MGL)
http://www.mgl.si/
info@mgl.si
Čopova 14, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 425 8222, 386 (0) 1 425 8255, 386 (0) 1 251 7064
Fax386 (0) 1 251 7044
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Founded byMunicipality of Ljubljana
Barbara Hieng Samobor, Director
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Phone386 (0) 1 425 7148
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Simona Belle, Head of Public Relations
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Phone386 (0) 1 425 5000
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Past Events
  • 18 June 2017
    The Iliad, directed by Jernej Lorenci and produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, at Teatrul Naţional Radu Stanca in Sibiu, Romania
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  • 9 May 2017
    The Iliad, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, at Zagreb Youth Theater in Zagreb, Croatia
    programme
  • 25 March 2017
    Three Winters, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Atelje 212 in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 7 March 2017
    Cristina Clemente's Consell Familiar, produced by the Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 3 October 2016
    Three Winters, produced by the Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 8 June 2016
    The Iliad, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, at Aleko Konstantinov State Satirical Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • 5 June 2016
    The Iliad, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, at the International Theatre Festival Varna Summer at Drama Theatre in Varna, Bulgaria
    programme
  • 26 May 2016
    The Iliad, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, at the International Theatre Festival Kontakt at Centrum Kulturalno- Kongresowe Jordanki in Torun, Poland
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  • 19 March 2016
    A Piece of Plastic, produced by the Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Bitef Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 17 March 2016
    A Piece of Plastic, produced by the Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Kerempuh Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 18 September to 21 September 2015
    The Iliad, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, and The Ristić Complex, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival BITEF at Bitef Theatre, Madlenianum in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 6 June to 8 June 2015
    Tartuffe, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, and Schweik, produced by the Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Koper Theatre, at the 39th Fadil Hadžić Satire Days at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre, Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 27 March 2015
    Jera Ivanc’s The Deceits, produced by the Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 15 March 2015
    The Great Gatsby, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at the 31. International Festival Sarajevo Winter at National Theatre Sarajevo in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 21 February 2015
    Cafe Dada, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 8 November to 9 November 2014
    Othello, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at the International Shakespeare Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel
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  • 21 June 2014
    The Taming of the Shrew, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at the Shakespeare Festival at Villa Stanković in Čortanovci, Serbia
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  • 2 May to 8 May 2014
    Othello, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), and The Forest Ends Here, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 21st International Small Scene Theatre Festival Rijeka at Croatian House of Culture in Sušak in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 18 April to 21 April 2014
    Naked, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and the ŠKUC Association, at CC El Olivar in Lima, Peru
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  • 4 March 2014
    Othello produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) at the International Sarajevo Winter Festival at Sarajevo National Theatre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    programme
  • 3 February 2014
    Othello, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
    programme
  • 21 December to 22 December 2013
    The Storm, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
    programme
  • 27 September 2013
    The Storm, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), and MandićMachine, a solo performance by Marko Mandić, directed by Bojan Jablanovec and produced by Via Negativa and the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the Bitef Festival at Bitef Theatre, Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 22 June to 24 June 2013
    Requiem produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) at the Hanoch Levin International Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel
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  • 7 June 2013
    The Storm, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) at the International Theatre Festival Varna Summer, at Drama Theatre Stoyan Bachvarov in Varna, Bulgaria
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  • 5 June to 17 June 2013
    Christmas at the Ivanovs, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Women's Comedy, by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), 25.671, by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and Whore, by Glej Theatre at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre, Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 5 June 2013
    The Storm, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), at Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • 25 May 2013
    The Storm produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) at Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 10 February to 24 February 2013
    Three Sisters directed by Oliver Frljić and produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and The Storm directed by Jernej Lorenci and produced by the Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) at the Sarajevo Winter Festival at Bosnian Cultural Center, National Theatre Sarajevo in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 18 September 2011
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić and actors Mladinsko Theatre and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Ivica Buljan (Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL)) at the 45th International theatre festival BITEF in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 22 December 2010
    Spomenik G by Janez Janša and produced by Maska Institute and Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) at the Bitef Festival in Belgrade, Serbia
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Founded in 1949, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) is the second largest drama theatre in Slovenia. Operating initially on a small, modest stage with a group of enthusiastic actors, over the years the theatre has expanded into a modern theatre company with 37 permanent actors, staging 9 of its own productions and at least 2 co-productions per year. The theatre focuses mainly on modern drama performances and recently on the production of (drama) musicals.

Repertoire

Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) aims to offer critical and communicative performances of different genres and performing principles. Besides staging classical drama works, the theatre's repertoire is oriented mainly towards contemporary drama, including works of international and Slovene playwrights. MGL was among the first theatre companies in the former Yugoslavia to promote the works of playwrights such as Jean Anouilh, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Max Frisch, and Eugene Ionesco, and is today generally renowned as being the theatre which specialises in staging plays from outside the Anglo-Saxon domain, that is from less accessible sources, such as works by Nikolai Koljada, Per Olov Enquist, Lars Noren, Hrafnhildur Hagalín Gudmundsdóttir, Suzanne van Lohuizen, Janusz Głowacki, Mladen Popović, and others. In addition, Ljubljana City Theatre has a policy of consistently nurturing contemporary Slovene drama (staging plays of Slovene playwrights, such as Evald Flisar, Matjaž Zupančič, Milan Jesih, Matjaž Kmecl, Simona Semenič), while at the same time constantly taking on the challenge of the classic Slovene playwright, Ivan Cankar.

The theatre's productions are presented and often awarded at Slovene theatre festivals. The members of MGL ensemble have also received a number of prestigious awards.

Production

Each season, the theatre produces and co-produces up to 12 performances of different genres. The theatre has recently staged a number of highly successful musicals, praised by both the audience and the critics. The musical Cabaret [Kabaret] (2006), directed by Stanislav Moša, received the 2007 Borštnik Award for aesthetic breakthrough, while the musical Sugar - Some Like It Hot [Sugar - Nekateri so za vroče] (2008), also directed by Moša, received the audience award for best performance at the Days of Comedy festival in Celje.

Every season, MGL also enters co-productions with national producers. Recently, it co-produced with EPI Centre the project Ballades for Everyday Use [Balade za vsakdanjo rabo] (2009) by the young Slovene director Andrej Jus, in 2010, it co-produced with Imaginarni Institute Gregor Fon's play Pooch, Pussy and Poof [Pes, pizda in peder], directed by Primož Ekart, which was nominated for the 2008 Grum Award, etc. The theatre has collaborated also with institutions, such as Maska Institute, Celinka Association, Muzeum Institute, Café Teater, Glej Theatre, B-51 Cultural Society, etc.

The theatre tours frequently throughout Slovenia, and has also recently begun appearing at theatre festivals abroad (the Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, and Serbia), where it has also received several awards, for example, in 2008, the cabaret performance Patty Diphusa - Confessions of a Porn Diva [Patty Diphusa - izpovedi porno dive] (2004), directed by Ivana Djilas, received several awards at the Sarajevo Teatarfest, Brane Završan's project Solistika (2008) also received the jury award at the same festival in 2009. Both productions were co-produced by Familija.

In addition to Slovene directors, MGL also engages directors from other countries, including Great Britain, Poland, Croatia, Iceland, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Macedonia. The theatre also organises guest appearances of national and international performances. It has hosted, among others, the Prague-based Comedy Theatre, the Belgrade Drama Theatre, the Brno City Theatre, etc.

Ljubljana City Theatre is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana and is a member of the Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM).

Publishing activity

Since 1958 an independent publishing service has functioned within MGL, specialising in the production of exclusively theatre-related literature, including memoirs, theoretical and historical works, and reference books. At present the MGL Library Book Collection has a catalogue of over 150 titles; each year at least two new books are added.

Venues

Located in the strict city centre, MGL has three performance venues: Main and Small Stages and Studio Theatre.

Main Stage

  • type of venue: theatre
  • main use: drama performances
  • seating: 327 seats total
  • proscenium opening: 7.2m W x 4.9m H
  • performing area: 7.2m W x 14m D x 7.5m H to grid
  • forestage: 3m D apron
  • suspension equipment: 3 lighting lines, 24 counterweight lines, max load 125kg
  • soft hangings: red house curtain, black tabs, traverse curtain, legs and borders
  • lighting: ARRI Finesse 512-channel DMX desk, 120 x 2.5kw dimmers
  • sound: Mackie 32:8-channel mixer, 6 power amplifiers, 10 speakers
  • stage equipment: smoke machine
  • backstage: 10 dressing rooms
  • climate control: air-conditioned
  • availability: available for hire

Small Stage

  • type of venue: studio theatre
  • main use: drama performances
  • seating: 150 seats maximum
  • performing area: 6m W x 9m D x 2.3-3.5m H to grid
  • lighting: Compulite Spark 4 Top D 512-channel DMX desk, 48 x 2.5kw dimmers
  • sound: 24:4-channel mixer, 2 power amplifiers, 4 speakers
  • stage equipment: smoke machine
  • backstage: 2 dressing rooms
  • climate control: air-conditioned
  • availability: available for hire

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