War and Peace

“War and Peace”, based on the famous classic by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Liješević

The first reading rehearsal of the play "War and Peace", based on the famous classic by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, dramatized by Fedor Šili and directed by Boris Liješević, was held on March 25 in the rehearsal hall.

The premiere is planned for the second half of May on the Main Stage, and the cast members are Miodrag Krivokapić (Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky), Hadži Nenad Maričić (Pierre Bezukhov), Danilo Lončarević (Prince Andrey Bolkonsky), Teodora Dragićević (Natasha Rostova), Zlatija Ivanović (Princess Maria Bolkonskaya), Nemanja Stamatović (Nikolay Rostov), Nina Nešković (Sonya Rostova), Dušan Matejić (Count Ilya Rostov), Bojana Stefanović (Countess Natalya Rostova), Slobodan Beštić (Prince Vassily Kuragin), Kalina Kovačević (Elena Kuragina), Petar Strugar (Anatole Kuragin), Vučić Perović (Boris Drubetskoy), Zorana Bećić Đorđević (Liza Bolkonskaya) and Nedim Nezirović (Napoleon Bonaparte).

The creative team also includes Janja Valjarević (set designer), Bojana Nikitović (costume designer), Stefan Ćirić (composer), Mirko Knežević (choreographer), Bojana Stefanović (movement director) and Ljiljana Mrkić Popović (stage speech). 

Collaborators on the play are Miloš Golubović, Vuk Miletić (producers), Gala Dimović (organizer), Sanja Ugrinić Mimica (stage manager), Marija Nedeljkov (prompter), Ivan Orlenko, Jelena Šarković (assistant directors), Anja Marčetić (assistant set designer) and Jana Zaharijević, Miljana Ljubičić (assistant costume designer).

It was more than four decades ago that one of the most influential works of world literature was staged on the Main Stage of the National Theatre, and on Serbian stages in general,  for the first and only time so far. The premiere was held on June 24, 1980, directed by Petar Šarčević, who gave the lead roles to Bogdan Diklić (Pierre Bezukhov), Predrag Miki Manojlović (Prince Andrey Bolkonsky) and Dragana Varagić (Natasha Rostova).

The cast members of that production were also: Mihajlo Viktorović (Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky), Andjelka Ristić (Princess Lisa Bolkonskaya), Dobrila Stojnić (Princess Maria Bolkonskaya), Predrag Tasovac (Count Rostov), Ksenija Jovanović (Countess Rostov), Marko Nikolić (Nikolay Rostov), Radovan Miljanić (Petya Rostov), Zorica Mirković (Sonya Rostova), Vasa Pantelić (Prince Vassily Kuragin), Ognjanka Ognjanović (Princess Elena Kuragina), Tihomir Arsić (Prince Anatole Kuragin), Slavka Jerinić (Maria Dmitrievna Akhrosimova), Mira Bobić (Anna Pavlovna Scherer), Ljiljana Janković (Maria Bogdanovna), Branislav Jerinić (Kutuzov), Bogoljub Dinić (Denisov), Boško Puletić (Drubetskoy), Dragan Zarić (Dolokhov), Miroslav Petrović (Weyrother), Zoran Stojiljković (General Langeron), Ramiz Sekić (General Miloradović) , Milorad Volić (General Bennigsen), Branko Jerinić (Napoleon), Rodoljub Raša Simić (Servant Alpatych) and Zvonko Jovičić (Orderly).

The dramatization was made by the writer Mirko Miloradović, the set designer was Aleksandar Augustinčić, the costumes were designed by Ljiljana Dragović, while Dušan Trninić was in charge of the choreography.

The play was performed a total of 16 times before around 7,500 spectators.