Living history of a long-established art form

Due to the activities of state, municipality, private and amateur theatres, the theatre arts go on in a lively manner. In the recent years, especially because of the prevalence of television series the income of actors have increased and thus the number of artists going into theatre has also increased. Due to this increase in interest, State, City, and private theatres all around the country and amateur theatres of universities have gained a new momentum.

Living history of a long-established art form

Due to the activities of state, municipality, private and amateur theatres, the theatre arts go on in a lively manner. In the recent years, especially because of the prevalence of television series the income of actors have increased and thus the number of artists going into theatre has also increased. Due to this increase in interest, State, City, and private theatres all around the country and amateur theatres of universities have gained a new momentum.

Despite the new interest in theatre, it should not be mistaken that this art form has only become popular recently, and it should not be overlooked that theatre holds an important place in traditional Turkish culture. State and city theatres, due to their public budget offer affordable ticket prices for famous plays.

 

The actors and writers that have been shining in the recent years are Ferhan Şensoy, Haldun Taner, Vasıf Öngören, Yıldız Kenter, Sevda Şener, Haldun Dormen, Erdal Beşikçioğlu, Münir Özkul, Hulusi Kentmen, Adile Naşit, Afife Jale, Yıldız Kenter, Ayla Algan, Suna Pekuysal ve Nevra Serezli. You can have the opportunity to watch some of these actors in the Istanbul and Ankara theatres, except for summer months. During spring and summer you can go to the festivals organized in different cities. Tickets to Antalya International Theatre Festival, International İstanbul Theatre Festival, and Ankara Theatre Festival run out almost instantly the minute they are out.

Turkey also has classic plays that has been played by different actors throughout the years and has never had trouble finding an audience. These plays are as follows; “Diary of a Madman” starring Erdal Beşikçioğlu, “Dangerous Plays” by Oğuz Atay, “I am Bertolt Brecht” in which Genco Erkal stars and directs, staged since the 1970s “How Can Asiye be Saved?” written by Vasıf Öngören, “Le Bourgeois gentilhomme” by Moliére, “Luxurious Life” a musical by Cemal Reşit Rey and of course the most famous “Romeo and Juliet”. These plays are among the favorites of theatre enthusiasts in Turkey.

On the other hand, traditional Turkish Theatre is usually played improvised and is more for entertainment purposes. Puppet shows, encomiasts, Karagöz, light comedies and theatrical village plays are among the classical Turkish theatre pieces. Puppet shows and Karagöz plays are still being staged. Karagöz is usually staged in big tents during Ramadan and is mainly for children. Puppet shows are mainly staged in schools and city organizations by traveling theatre groups and again is mainly intended for children.