Estonian Theatre Festival 2014. The Art of Presence.

Stoppard in Estonia

The main programme of Drama 2014, The Art of Presence and the Teatro Poetico programme which consists of poetry productions reflect on the writer-curator Tõnu Õnnepalu’s vision of theatre but this year’s additional programme concentrates on a writer. Tom Stoppard is in focus – the living legend of world dramaturgy whose name is probably known to many Estonians.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1937, Stoppard moved to England soon after and absorbed the British culture. He entered the world of drama through the absurd and quickly gained international success. His works are characterised by a fine balance between philosophical dialogue, sharp-witted humour, surprising plots, unique characters and a literary background system ripe with references. Stoppard who is still active as a writer is considered to be one of the most-produced playwrights in the world. In Estonia, his plays have been staged 14 times during the last 25 years.

The obvious incentive behind devoting a whole programme to Stoppard is the recent unprecedented wide-scale cooperation between Estonian theatres - last year, four theatres worked together to stage Stoppard’s trilogy “The Coast of Utopia”, which was published in 2002. “The Coast of Utopia” is both a philosophically and romantically enchanting story about the dreams, fights and surrender of a generation of Russian intellectuals. Priit Pedajas’s production “Journey” and Elmo Nüganen’s “Shipwreck” are played by the joint troupes of Tallinn City Theatre and Estonian Drama Theatre and Heiti Pakk’s “Salvage” is performed by the joint troupes of Ugala and Vanemuine theatre. The festival offers its audiences a unique opportunity to follow Stoppard’s story which spans 33 years in one day and to compare three unique productions. 

Aside from “The Coast of Utopia”, the Stoppard programme also features Üllar Saaremäe’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”. It is already the third time for Tom Stoppard’s breakthrough play which was written in 1966 to be directed in Estonia, this time at Ugala. It is a witty paraphrase of “Hamlet”, a smart absurdist drama which looks at the fates of two side characters in Shakepseare’s play.

Packet “The Coast of Utopia. Parts I-III” 50 € (includes transport on the route Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu)

  • September 5 at 18.00 “The Coast of Utopia. Part I. Voyage” (seats are not allocated)

  • September 6 at 16.00 “The Coast of Utopia. Part II. Shipwreck” (allocated seating)

  • September 6 at 20.00 “The Coast of Utopia. Part III. Salvage” (seats are not allocated)

Catering during the break between the II and III parts.

SOLD OUT!

Packet “The Coast of Utopia. Parts I-III” 50 € (includes transport on the route Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu)

• September 6 at 9.45 “The Coast of Utopia. Part I. Voyage” (seats are not allocated)

• September 6 at 16.00 “The Coast of Utopia. Part II. Shipwreck” (allocated seating)

• September 6 at 20.00 “The Coast of Utopia. Part III. Salvage” (seats are not allocated)

Catering during the break between the I and II, II and III parts.

SOLD OUT!

Packet “The Coast of Utopia. Parts II-III” 25 €

  • September 6 at 16.00 “The Coast of Utopia. Part II. Shipwreck” (allocated seating)

  • September 6 at 20.00 “The Coast of Utopia. Part III. Salvage” (seats are not allocated)

Catering during the break between the two shows.

SOLD OUT!