Turkey offers free theatre to all

Friday, March 14, 2014

State-funded venues will perform 28 free plays on World Theatre Day

State-funded venues will perform 28 free plays on World Theatre Day

ANKARA - Turkish thespians will celebrate World Theater Day later this month by offering 28 plays to the public free of charge.

Among the performances scheduled for Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir on March 27 are an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's “Diary of a Madman,” George Orwell's “Animal Farm” and Anton Chekhov's “The Cherry Orchard.”

According the official directorate, free performances will be staged in 23 Turkish state-funded theaters across 12 provinces. Troupes will also perform on portable stages in the provinces of southeastern Tunceli and Hakkari as well as for the inmates of a correctional facility in Foca town of the western port city of Izmir.

"We expect many people to come see the plays on the free day as they generally sell out [during the rest of the year]," said an official from the Ankara directorate. Ticket prices are normally TRY10 for an adult and TRY6 for a student.

The free tickets will be available from state theater box offices nationwide.

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