Prešeren Theatre Kranj

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Prešernovo gledališče Kranj
http://www.pgk.si
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Glavni trg 6, SI-4000 Kranj
Phone386 (0) 4 280 4900
Fax386 (0) 4 280 4910
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RegionSI-4
Founded byMunicipality of Kranj
Mirjam Drnovšček, Director
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Phone386 (0) 4 280 4912
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Marinka Poštrak, Artistic Director
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Phone386 (0) 4 280 4916
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Robert Kavčič, Production Manager
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Phone386 (0) 4 280 4913
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Past Events
  • 5 July 2017
    Branislav Nušić's The Grieving Family, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje, at the Theatre City Festival Budva at Budva Old Town in Budva, Montenegro
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  • 26 June 2017
    Helver's Night, directed by Alen Jelen and produced by Škuc Theatre and Prešeren Theatre Kranj in Umag, Croatia
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  • 14 June 2017
    Branislav Nušić's Bereaved Family, directed by Igor Vuk Torbica and coproduced by Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Slovene People's Theatre (SLG) Celje, at Narodno pozorište Kikinda in Kikinda, Serbia
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  • 22 September to 26 September 2016
    Simona Semenič's We, European Corpses, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, and Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at the 41st International Theatre Festival MOT at Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 7 July 2016
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, in Stari Bar, Montenegro
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  • 26 May 2016
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at Sombor National Theatre in Sombor, Serbia
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  • 24 May to 29 May 2016
    The Second Time, a solo performance by Simona Semenič, produced by Integrali Cultural Association and City of Women Association for Promotion of Women in Culture, and Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at the TESZT - Euroregional Theatre Festival Timișoara, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Bucharest, at Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre, Military Casino in Timişoara, Romania
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  • 26 February to 4 March 2016
    Lost Loves, produced by the Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje, and The President and Eve of Retirement, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the 12th Virovitica Theatre Meeting Virkas at Virovitica Threatre in Virovitica, Croatia
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  • 17 December to 20 December 2015
    Pretty Vida, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste and the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 15 December to 16 December 2015
    Pretty Vida, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste and the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Gorizia Cultural Centre in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy
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  • 25 November 2015
    25.671, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 8 October 2015
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at Kulturni dom Pliberk - Bleiburg in Bleiburg/Pliberk, Austria
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  • 6 October 2015
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at the 50th Dimitria Festival at Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Thessaloniki, Greece
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  • 14 September 2015
    Ivo Svetina’s ABC oder Krieg, produced by the Muzeum Institute and co-produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Cankarjev dom opens the Vukov sabor 2015 at Centar za kulturo Vuka Karadžića in Loznica, Serbia
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  • 29 August to 2 September 2015
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, Tobelija, co-produced by B-51 Cultural Society, Cyril and Methodius, Who Are You?!, co-produced by New European Theatre Action (NETA), Hurrah, Nosferatu!, directed by Simona Semenič and produced by Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica and Mladinsko Theatre, at the NETA 2015 International Theatre Festival at National Theatre of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania
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  • 7 July 2015
    Irena! or I can’t anymore, directed by Nick Upper (Niko Goršič), performed by Mirel Knez and co-produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the International Theatre Festival Actor of Europe at Saraj in Resen, Macedonia
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  • 29 June to 30 June 2015
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, and Manipulations, produced by Via Negativa, at the 42nd International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre at Cultural Centre Novi Sad, Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 22 June 2015
    Ivo Svetina’s ABC oder Krieg, produced by the Muzeum Institute and co-produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Cankarjev dom at the Festival Grada Teatar in Budva, Montenegro
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  • 11 May 2015
    I, Batman, directed by Vinko Möderndorfer and produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Slovene Permanent Theatre Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 21 April 2015
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at Slovene Permanent Theatre Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 31 January 2015
    Ivo Svetina’s ABC oder Krieg, produced by the Muzeum Institute and co-produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Cankarjev dom, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Belgrade, at Opera&Theatre Madlenianum in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 27 January to 28 January 2015
    Cat the Slipper Cobbler, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Slovene Permanent Theatre Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 24 June 2014
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Mistress, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at Moscow State Puppet Theatre in Moscow, Russia
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  • 11 June to 14 June 2014
    Boris, Milena, Radko, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, and Dead Man Comes for His Mistress, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at the 38th Fadil Hadžić Days of Satire at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 28 May to 2 June 2014
    Peter Handke's Storm Still, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana and Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, and 25.671, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the 59th Sterijino Pozorje Festival at Novi Sad Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 26 May 2014
    25,671, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the 22nd International Theatre Festival Kontakt at Teatr im. Wilama Horzycy in Toruń, Poland
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  • 7 May 2014
    Marlene Dietrich, produced by the ŠKUC Association, Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and Imaginarni Institute, at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 11 April 2014
    Doubt, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Bosnian Natioanl Theatre Zenica in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 11 April to 16 April 2014
    Little Luna and Big Luna, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the 14th International Naj, naj, naj Festival at City Theatre Žar ptica in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 4 March 2014
    Nebojša Pop - Tasić's Marlene Dietrich produced by the ŠKUC Association, Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and Imaginarni Institute at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 20 February 2014
    Dream, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 9 December 2013
    John Patrick Shanley's Doubt directed by Alen Jelen and produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj at Kulturni center Lojze Bratuž in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy
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  • 7 December 2013
    John Patrick Shanley's Doubt directed by Alen Jelen and produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
    programme
  • 17 October 2013
    Doubt, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, in Bleiburg/Pliberk, Austria
    programme
  • 13 October 2013
    25.671 produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj at the 8th International Theatre Festival JoakimInterFest at Knjaževsko-srpski teatar in Kragujevac, Serbia
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  • 12 October 2013
    25.671, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Center for Cultural Decontamination - Paviljon Veljković in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 11 October 2013
    25.671 produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj at National Theatre Sterija in Vršac, Serbia
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  • 30 September 2013
    25.671, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the International Festival Divadelna Nitra at DAB – Big Hall in Nitra, Slovakia
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  • 25 September 2013
    Marlene Dietrich, a cabaret performance by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at K&k in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 17 June to 19 June 2013
    Marlene Dietrich, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and The Forest Ends Here, by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 14th International Festival of the Chamber Theatre in Umag, Croatia
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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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  • 18 May 2013
    25.671, by Oliver Frljić and produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj at the BH Drama Festival at Bosnian National Theatre Zenica in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 15 April to 17 April 2013
    Little Luna and Big Luna, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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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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The Prešeren Theatre Kranj was established as a professional theatre in 1950. It is one of the smallest professional theatres in Slovenia, with a complete cast of only 10 actors. Prešeren Theatre is a repertory theatre which stages around 4 premières per season, which are often awarded at Slovene theatre festivals. Since 1970 the theatre has organised the annual Week of Slovenian Drama, a showcase of the most successful performances based on a Slovene play or text and staged in the last season by Slovene theatres.

History

During the first years of Prešeren Theatre's existence, it became known for experimental stagings, the introduction of modernist dramaturgical elements, and the first stagings of a number of drama texts, especially from the Anglo-Saxon area. The first Slovene staging of a text by Jean-Paul Sartre took place precisely in Prešeren Theatre Kranj, in December 1954. In the late 1950s, the political climate in Slovenia was not favourably disposed toward the theatre, which resulted in the theatre's suspension in the season 1957/58 and one of the biggest cultural scandals in the time of the communist regime in Slovenia. The theatre continued with its production as an amateur theatre until 1989. During this period, in 1971, it organised for the first time an overview of the stagings of Slovene dramatic texts, the now already firmly established annual festival – Week of Slovenian Drama, which proved to be of extreme importance for the artistic renown of the theatre and the subsequent professionalisation of the theatre in 1989.

Programme

In its repertory Prešeren Theatre Kranj aims to include the plays by most visible contemporary national and international authors and present the most ground-breaking and original contemporary works by following the world trends in playwriting. Thus, it has recently produced plays by authors such as Paula Vogel, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Mark Ravenhill, Elfriede Jelinek, Martin Crimp, and Jaan Tätte. It also produces comedy works, such as the highly successful stagings of Desa Muck's best-selling youth novels Dead Serious About (Blazno resno ...), Partnership (Partnerski odnosi) (2008) by Tone Partljič, Mr. Chance (Gospod Chance) (2008) by Jerzy Kosinski, etc. The theatre has also entered several Slovene co-productions, for example, with the Ex Ponto International Festival in the performance Life in the Shadow of the Banana Plant (Življenje v senci bananovca) (2007) and with Anton Podbevšek Theatre in the 2010 performance The Bondsmen – Commented Edition (Hlapci - Komentirana izdaja) based on Ivan Cankar's play and directed by Matjaž Berger. Prešeren Theatre Kranj also includes in its programme performances by other Slovene production houses, for example, Koper Theatre, Glej Theatre, Mini Theatre, etc.

Awards

Prešeren Theatre Kranj and the members of its ensemble often receive prestigious awards at Slovene and international theatre festivals. In 2009, the performance Highway Crossing or a Tale of a Goldfish (Prečkanje avtoceste ali Zgodba o zlati ribici) (2008) was voted by the audience as the best performance at the Slovene Festival of Chamber Theatre (SKUP), the ensemble received the Little Golden Stick Award for acting achievement in the performance Cat the Slipper Cobbler (Muca Copatarica) (2009) at the 2009 Golden Stick Festival in Ljubljana, in 2008, Mateja Koležnik's performance Miss Julia (Gospodična Julija) (2008) received the SKUP Award for best performance and best direction, while the members of the ensemble have been awarded with the Sever Award (Primož Pirnat in 2009, Peter Musevski in 2007) and special mentions of the Slovenian Association of Dramatic Artists (Vesna Slapar in 2008). In 2001, the theatre was awarded the Grand Prix at the Golden Lion Festival in Umag, Croatia, for the staging of How I Learned to Drive (Kako sem se naučila voziti) (2001) by American author Paula Vogel, while the play Mayor’s Micka (Županova Micka) (2001), directed by Vito Taufer, was voted the best performance at the Week of Slovenian Drama in 2002.

Week of Slovenian Drama Festival

Prešeren Theatre Kranj also organises the annual Week of Slovenian Drama, which presents the most successful Slovene plays staged at home and internationally. The theatre aims to further expand the international part of the festival by devising round-table conferences involving famous dramatists, theatre experts, producers and publishers, whilst also trying to present more foreign plays based on Slovene drama texts. The festival presents the Grum Award for best original Slovene play and the Grün-Filipič Award for excellence in dramaturgy, as well as the jury-selected Šeligo Award for the best performance of a Slovene play at the festival and the audience-voted Audience Award.

In 2014 the Šeligo Award for best performance went to the performance 25.671 about the Erased, directed by Oliver Frljić, created by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj ensemble.

Venues

  • type of venue: theatre hall
  • main use: drama theatre performances
  • seating: 253 seats total, comprising 192 stalls, 61 balcony
  • proscenium opening: 11m W x 1.5m D x 10m H
  • performing area: 10m W x 13m D x 8,5m H, flat wooden stage floor suitable for dance
  • apron stage: 0.9m
  • wing spaces: 1.5m W SR, 1.5m W SR
  • suspension equipment: 13 electric lines, max load 150 kg
  • soft hangings: black house curtain, black legs and borders
  • lighting: 256-channel computer desk, extensive lighting rig including 20 profile 1000w, 46 PS 1000w, 20 PAR 1000 w
  • sound: 36-channel mixer, 4+2 loudspeakers, 6 wireless microphones, 4 hand microphones;
  • backstage: 4 dressing rooms accommodating 16 persons
  • availability: available for hire
  • technical staff: 4 technicians available

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