Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras

Plays with English surtitles: HAMLET ( November 17), THE WHITE SHROUD (November 24)

Welcome to the National Kaunas Drama Theatre.

Our most eminent plays, shown with English surtitles in the Main Stage, are waiting for you.

November 17,  6:00 pm

With English surtitles

Wiliam Shakespeare


 Two-act play

Director Vidas Bareikis

Many directors have tried to recreate Hamlet on stage, today the play became a synonym for the theatre. Each generation has a different answer to the question of existence.

Hamlet’s personality in director’s Vidas Bareikis play is neither that of a romantic hero nor of an idealist. He is just a man looking for the truth. His feelings are real ranging from love and hectic revenge to mourning, rage, and desperation. All the emotions create a real human being with all possible colors and shades. Perhaps that is the reason which makes the play so relevant after hundreds of years.

The play is a part of Vidas Bareikis’ beloved initiative “Theatre in the Theatre”. This initiative treats theatre like a shining light that helps to see what is hidden behind shadows – the author’s intentions, his dualistic personality, existence itself and everything that happens in or outside the theatre. Hamlet thinks of the theatre as the last institution of justice and raises the question of why we are so influenced by our environment? Can our lives be more meaningful? What does duty mean? Why just a few of us have the courage to break the boundaries of limitation?

Duration – 3.30

The Main Hall



November  24,  6:00 pm

With English surtitles

 The White Shroud

 Director Jonas Jurašas

Two-act play


This play is a dramatization of the novel The White Shroud by exodus writer Antanas Škėma (1910-1961).

Number 87 takes down the elevator. Up and down. He is wandering through his cracky memories in places of the interwar Kaunas, High Panemunė and Vilnius. The 87th poet, Antanas Garšva, having no opportunity to vow to his creative work and achieve immortality of his soul, is forced to carry out a Sisyphean-like lift-operator’s work in the biggest hotel in New York. His fragmented consciousness is haunted by homesickness, and sometimes images of women whom he loved. Garšva rejects love, ruptures human relationships, remains lonely in the cage of an elevator, but he still lives in desire of hope fruition.

Mr. Garšva as a cog in a huge machine is recklessly looking for self-actualization. He discards all his illusions and keeps to himself his poetry. However, a creative giddiness and desperate efforts to discover the truth brings suffering.

Duration – 2.50

The Main Hall




In order to ensure the best visibility of the surtitles, we highly recommend the seats above the 12th row.

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