„Forefathers' Eve” and „Kordian” – performances with English surtitles

In the current season 2019/2020 the National Theatre offers shows with English surtitles accessible for international audiences. You can easily follow the plot, sit back and enjoy our live performances!

Forefathers' Eve by Adam Mickiewicz, directed by Eimuntas Nekrošius 
– performance with English surtitles on November 17th, at 6.30 pm


Kordian by Juliusz Słowacki, directed by Jan Englert
– performance with English surtitles on November 27th, at 7.00 pm


The National Theatre makes their shows available to the foreign visitors and international audiences in general. We include performances with English surtitles into our season program on a regular basis.
Currently we offer the modern staging of one of the most notable works of the Polish Romanticism, which reflect the turbulent time in history of Poland while struggling for country’s independence, preservation of Polish culture and political identity throughout the 19th Century.

Scena zbiorowa, centralnie: Paweł Paprocki (Zły Pan). Fot. Krzysztof Bieliński

FOREFATHERS' EVE by Adam Mickiewicz is considered one of the greatest works of both Polish and European Romanticism, a supreme realization of Romantic drama with their poetic verses, imaginative metaphors and Polish folk customs and ancient rituals.

Spirituality, power of rite, sense of community and tragedy of individual; the national and existential aspects. Mickiewicz's poetic drama is interpreted by Eimuntas Nekrošius, Lithuanian Master – theatre visionary known for his unique theatrical language.

Opening night on 10 March 2016 during the 250th Jubilee Season of the National Theatre
Translation by Charles S. Kraszewski (published by Glagoslav Publications, UK, 2016)

The Company, Marcin Hycnar (Kordian I), Grzegorz Małecki (Grand Duke) in the foreground. Phot. Tomasz Urbanek / East News

 by Juliusz Słowacki
 is a splendid poetic drama written in rhymed Polish alexandrines. 
It is a study of a Polish revolutionary's psyche and Polish nation’s tragic choice between dying heroically in the name of a noble idea or living a life of servility towards foreign rulers.

Opening Night took place on 19 November 2015 on the 250th Anniversary of the National Theatre.

We use English translation by Gerard T. Kapolka (published by The Green Lantern Press in 2011).

The play contains excerpts from Johann Wolfgang Goethe's Faust (trans. Adam Pomorski), Juliusz Słowacki's Kordian (trans. into English by Gerard T. Kapolka), fragments of the script of Stanisław Wyspiański's Hamlet directed by Jerzy Grzegorzewski and Wyspiański's drama Liberation, as well as the fragments of Słowacki's poem The Testament of Mine and his drama Samuel Zborowski.

Forefathers' Eve

FOREFATHERS' EVE by Adam Mickiewicz 
directed by Eimuntas Nekrošius

Performance with English surtitles

17 November, at 6:30 p.m.


The Company, Danuta Stenka (Archangel), Jerzy Radziwiłowicz (Old Kordian) in the foreground. Phot. Tomasz Urbanek / East News

KORDIAN by Juliusz Słowacki

directed by Jan Englert

Performance with English surtitles

27 November, at 7:00 p.m.



The English surtitles are best visible starting from rows 7 up to 17.
Tickets for performance are available online, Forefathers' Eve here → ; Kordian here → and at the theatre box offices:

Box Offices' hours:

Main Box office at  3, Theatre Square (plac Teatralny 3)
• open from Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am–2.30pm and 3.00pm–7.00pm
• Sunday 4.00pm–7.00pm or one hour before the start of a performance

Box Office at  3, Wierzbowa Street (ulica Wierzbowa 3)
• open on the days of performances at the Wierzbowa Street Hall or Studio Theatre – one hour before a start of a performance

Booking Tickets 

You can book tickets by telephoning the following numbers:
(+48) 22 69 20 604
(+48) 22 69 20 664

Phone booking hours:
• Monday – Friday 9.00am–7.00pm
• Saturday 11.00am–7.00pm
• Sunday 4.00pm–7.00pm

Note: The telephone booking and the box offices are closed on November 1st (All Saints' Day) and on November 11th (the National Independence Day).

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