Hayat Bayram Olsa (If Life were a Holiday) – Romeo and Juliet

Aksoy, Orhan 1973

Hayat Bayram Olsa (If Life were a Holiday) is a film directed by Orhan Aksoy in 1973. It is a loose and domesticised adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Set in a small town in the seaside where again feuding families try to prevent a happy ending for the lovers, now performed by Kadir İnanır and Hülya Koçyiğit. Read More

“Turkish Shakespeares”: A Short History of Shakespeare in Turkey up to the Present

Organized by Hacettepe University’s Department of English Language and Literature, Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü from Munzur University gave a talk on April 23, 2021 which surveyed both the history of Shakespeare in Turkey and how the history of Turkey affected Shakespeare’s reception in drama, education, translation, film, and other disciplines/media.