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Welcome to the British English-Speaking Theatre of Slovenia    (BESTheatre)

Pictured above: the cast from Slovenia's first professional Murder Mystery, presented by BEST at the Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled in 2005.

"What a great concept - something fun and original to offer our guests. I can't wait for the next one."

Petra Cuk, Executive Sales Manager, 

G & P Hoteli Bled.

Click here for further details on our Murder Mysteries page.

BESTheatre was established in 2005 by English actor David Hampshire, and is Slovenia's first, and only, independent, professional English-speaking theatre company.


BEST's policy is to present high-quality professional theatrical productions for English-speaking nationals and expatriates.

Our main objectives are:

  • To assist Slovenian students in their Matura study through English-speaking drama.
  • To introduce Slovenian audiences to the best of accessible British Theatre.
  • To promote cultural ties between the UK and our EU partner, Slovenia.

BESTheatre perform in the capital Ljubljana and around the country. Our productions are very flexible and can be staged in many different venues (including schools and hotels.)







BEST's director, David Hampshire,
featured in Nedelo, Slovenia Times and Inside Magazine.

Click here for English translations


2007 - 2016

To assist English matura students with their study BESTheatre successfully toured Slovenian schools in March 2015 with their production of Oscar Wilde's classic drama AN IDEAL HUSBAND.

BESTheatre are highly motivated in the use of drama to support the learning of English as a foreign language and we operate an active Theatre In Education programme.



BEST are grateful to the Slovenian Ministry of Education and the National Education Institute for their financial support of our schools educational programme.





''BESTheatre has successfully established itself in our schools and has won full credibility from our students and teachers.''

Tatjana Shrestha, Gimnazija Kranj.

''Your wonderful production was educational and entertaining and helped my students understanding of the text immensely.''

Helena Vergan, SEPS, Koper.

''Many pupils mentioned your excellent performance at their matura exam and said it had been very helpful to them. ''

Tatjana Batagelj, Ajdovscina Grammar School.

''BESTheatre's marvellous performance made a major contribution to our students' comprehension of the play.

Vanja Avsenak, Ljubljana Grammar School.






BEST staged Graham Swannell's funny and penetrating drama/comedy A State of Affairs at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes, London. The play was directed by Kenn Michaels and the cast included Timothy Bentinck (David Archer in BBC's The Archers.)

Click on the image on the right for a flier.

Please click here for further details, including photographs and reviews of our previous London production of A State of Affairs.


The professional Slovenian premiere of the multi award-winning musical Blood Brothers is in preparation.

With book, music, and lyrics by popular Liverpool playwright, Willy Russell (the author of Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita), Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys secretly separated at birth, unaware of this they grow up to become best friends until one fateful day their heritage is revealed - with shattering consequences.

With a musical score featuring the hit song Tell Me It’s Not True, this powerful show with its central themes of fate, superstition, and domestic tragedy has been hailed as one of the greatest ever English musicals.




We are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to assist us in meeting our objectives, for example, if you are:

  • a company or business in Britain or Slovenia who may benefit by becoming a sponsor of BESTheatre.
  • an organisation wishing to promote cultural links between Slovenia and the UK that might be able to offer investment.
  • a Slovenian performer, interested in working with us.

Primoz Ranik and Uros Potocnik
in The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

Please take a few minutes to explore our site and feel free to contact BESTheatre's Artistic Director, David Hampshire. (see Contacts page).

Thank you for visiting.



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