Belgrade Drama Theatre

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BDP's main entrance

The Belgrade Drama Theatre (Serbian: Beogradsko dramsko pozorište, Београдско драмско позориште, abbreviated BDP) was founded in August 1947, and it was the first city theater formed in Belgrade, Serbia after the Second World War. The first opening night of "The Youth of the Fathers" by Boris Gorbatov staged by Petar S. Petrović was performed on the stage on 20 February 1948. The building on Crveni Krst, in which this theater is nowadays, was opened in the season of 1948/49, and the first opening night performed on this stage was "Sumnjivo lice" by Branislav Nušić, produced by Bosnian Salko Repak, on 20 March 1949. In the period from 1959 to 1975, BDP, with Belgrade Comedy, made one theater house - "Contemporary Theater", and in December 1975, it became the Belgrade Drama Theater again.

In the mid-1950s and in the beginning of the 1960s, BDP had its "golden" period, mostly owing to particularly successful performances of the works of contemporary American playwrights and a brilliant galaxy of actors, stage managers, stage designers, costume designers, who, with their talents, made the reputation of the stage on Crveni Krst. The legendary performances of Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Mother Courage and Her Children, A View from the Bridge and other contemporary classics came near the cult status among the theatergoers.

Today, BDP works with a repertory artistic company and carries on the tradition created by performances of the classic and avant-garde dramatic literature, whereby it has created and maintained its recognizable style and artistic expression. In the spring of 2003, a thorough reconstruction of the theater building was completed, bringing it to the level of high European standards.

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