„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.
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)
KORDIAN 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 by Adam Mickiewicz
directed by Eimuntas Nekrošius
Performance with English surtitles
17 November, at 6:30 p.m.
KORDIAN by Juliusz Słowacki
directed by Jan Englert
Performance with English surtitles
27 November, at 7:00 p.m.
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