Spring/Summer Theatre 2019
Award-winning new writing from some of the most exciting playwrights on the scene today
A new three-day international comedy festival overlooking the Adriatic Sea in association with Soho Theatre.
EARLYBIRD TICKETS £60 WHEN BOOKED BEFORE 1 APRIL
Rooted in a medieval fortress within the renaissance Croatian town of Šibenik, the first ever Comedy Fortress Festival will be held on the beautiful open air stage of St. Michael’s Fortress, giving audiences and comedians the full package – a comedy festival with great shows, excited audiences, and stunning views. Swim in the Adriatic, visit nearby islands, journey through the breathtaking scenery of the national parks, taste the best-of-the-best local seafood… and in the evening enjoy top-class comedy. Adriatic summers don’t get better than this.
Festival headliner is the great Dylan Moran (Black Books, Shaun of the Dead) with his latest and highly acclaimed show, Doctor Cosmos. Moran’s fellow Irishman, Jimeoin, currently settled in Australia, will be escaping Melbourne’s winter and stopping by to laugh with us in Šibenik to kick off his European gigs. Shappi Khorsandi (Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats), Nish Kumar (The Mash Report) and Edinburgh Comedy Award 2018 Best Show winning kiwi Rose Matafeo (Funny Girls) all feature on the lineup and are joined by Edinburgh Comedy Award 2018 Best Newcomer Nominee, Russian comedian Olga Koch.
Other guests include English comedian Kai Humphries and Kiwi comedian Javier Jarquin with his popular card-trick-with-comedy show, Card Ninja and two comics from the region are featuring – Croatian Vlatko Štampar, and Nikola Silić from Belgrade.
The nearest airports are Split and Zadar. Local coaches run from the airports to the city, where you can catch services to Šibenik. (Split -Šibenik 1hr 30 mins, Zadar – Šibenik 1hr 15min) Alternatively, you could fly to Zagreb airport and connect by coach to Split or Zadar and continue as described. All three airports are well connected with London and many other major European cities.
Zadar Airport: Destinacije | Zračna luka Zadar – Zadar Airport
Split Airport: Pocetna
Zagreb Airport: Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb – Passengers
Distance from Split Airport – 58 km (45 min by car)
Distance from Zadar Airport – 82 km (50 min by car)
Distance from Zagreb Airport – 346 km (3hr 30 min by car)
From Zagreb: Šibenik lies just over 300km from the Croatian capital, with much of the distance covered by the swift and highly scenic A1 motorway. Be aware that the A1 is a toll motorway, and the Zagreb-Šibenik stretch will set you back about 152kn (car) or 92kn (motorbike) each way.
From the Adriatic coast: Šibenik is settled in the middle of Croatia’s main coastal road which runs from Rijeka in the northwest to Dubrovnik in the southeast. It is a stunning journey, which takes you along one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe.However, heavy traffic is quite a regular occurrence in summer, so it might be worth heading inland and picking up the motorway.
Where to Stay
Our partner Amadria Park Resort offers a special discount for festival guests: upon buying a ticket for the festival you will receive a discount code to enter when booking accommodation saving up to 15% of the total price when booked before 28 Feb . For more about accommodation in Sibenik try the Šibenik Tourist Office.
We highly recommend a visit to Krka National Park, or a short trip to one of the nearby islands. You could also simply take a stroll to one of the city’s beaches. Šibenik itself is worth exploring, with its beautiful cathedral an architectural fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art. Foodies will not be disappointed in Sibenik, with excellent seafood to be found with virtually every step taken. It is worth mentioning that Šibenik is home to one of the two Croatian restaurants decorated with Michelin stars.
But whatever you choose to do, remember that each day will end with top-class stand-up comedy at the fortress. Sunsets, weather permitting, are included in the package.