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21:58 20 Dec 2021

Ukrainian theater wins Grand Prix at an international festival

The Taras Shevchenko Kharkiv State Academic Theater has won three awards at the 28th Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theater for staging Albert Camus's tragedy, Caligula.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Egypt reported this.

The production itself won the Grand Prix (cash prize of 500 thousand Egyptian pounds, about 868 thousand hryvnias).

  • The play's director Oleksandr Kovshun won the Best Director nomination (UAH 173,000).
  • Actor Maksym Sterlik, who played Caligula, was recognized as the best male actor ( UAH 173 thousand).
  • The Shevchenko Kharkiv Theater has been performing Caligula on the Berezil Small Stage since September 2020.

"Caligula is an ancient emperor and one of the most famous tyrants in human history. But in our play, you will see nothing from the era where the hero comes from because the play of the existentialist Camus is not about ancient Rome," the play's description said.

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