Opening Night: 26 November 2016
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Music: Paul Dessau
Title: Mother Courage and Her Children
Original Title: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
Translator: Jacek St. Buras
Director: Michał Zadara

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 3 hours 15 min, one interval

Mother Courage and Her Children

Warsaw on fire.

In September 1939 Bertolt Brecht had written the play about the Thirty Years' War in 18th century.
In November 2016 the play is being staged by Michał Zadara, who's having a war of 2025 in mind.


director: Michał Zadara
set designer: Robert Rumas 
costume designer: Julia Kornacka
musical arrangement: Jacek „Budyń” Szymkiewicz
associate director: Marta Streker 
lighting designer, video: Artur Sienicki
vocal preparation: Andrzej Perkman 

Cast:

Mother Courage Danuta Stenka
Kattrin Barbara Wysocka (guest actress) / Anna Gryszkówna
Eilif  Paweł Paprocki
Swiss Cheese Karol Dziuba
Chaplain Zbigniew Zamachowski (as a guest actor from December 31, 2017)
Cook Arkadiusz Janiczek
Yvette Ewa Konstancja Bułhak
Old Lady / Peasant Sławomira Łozińska
Peasant / Colonel Mirosław Konarowski
Scrivener / Housewife / Voice Kinga Ilgner
Corporal / Soldier Kamilla Baar-Kochańska / Anna Lobedan (from February 21, 2018)
Soldier / Commander Oskar Hamerski
Recruiting Officer Bartłomiej Bobrowski
Colonel Robert Jarociński
Sergeant / Older Soldier Waldemar Kownacki
The Man with the Eye Patch / Young Man / Soldier / Young Peasant Adrian Zaremba (as a guest actor from December 31, 2017)
Supply Officer / Householder / Soldier Paweł Tołwiński
Musician Anna Lobedan
Musician Tomasz Licak (guest musician)


In a music band, too: Paweł Paprocki, Karol Dziuba
Cardboard model camera operators: Kinga Ilgner, Bartłomiej Bobrowski, Paweł Tołwiński

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Anna Gryszkówna
  • sound technicians: Mariusz Maszewski, Rafał Barański
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Bartłomiej Kaczalski  
  • video projection: Mariusz Chałubek, Paweł Woźniak 
  • stage manager: Ewa Dworecka
  • prompter: Małgorzata Zaufal

Gallery:

  • ALICE'S WONDERLAND

    Have you ever quarreled with the Time or visited a forest where things have no names? The musical performance based on the famous novels by Lewis Carroll. Opening night: 4 March 2023. 

  • THE MISANTHROPE

    Jan Englert stages a classic play by Molière. What is Alcest's misanthropy: an uncompromising commitment to the truth or a doomed uprising against social conventions?

  • THE BOOKS OF JACOB

    Staging the most important novel by Polish Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk directed by Michał Zadara. 

  • THE DECALOGUE

    An iconic work of Polish cinema, rethought thirty-five years after its creation. Wojciech Faruga directs The Decalogue by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz. 


  • MARY STUART

    Grzegorz Wiśniewski returns to the classic drama about human passions interwoven in a ruthless machinery of history and intrigue.

  • MÜNCHHAUSEN FOR ADULTS

    Maciej Wojtyszko directs his own play about Baron von Münchhausen, a famous adventurer and swindler.


  • Solidarity with Ukraine | Солідарні з Україною

    The ensemble of the National Theatre stands in solidarity with the Ukrainians who are fighting for the independence of their homeland.

  • TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL

    Complicated love intrigues and music. Piotr Cieplak directs Twelfth Night, or What You Will, one of Shakespeare's most important comedies.


  • THE CASTLE

    A stage adaptation of the unfinished novel by one of the most important writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka, directed by Paweł Miśkiewicz.


  • PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

    The new theatrical version of the Australian prose classics directed by Lena Frankiewicz. In the role of Mrs Appleyard – Ewa Wiśniewska.


  • SNAKE SKIN

    Artur Urbański directs his own play which main character is Ruth Berlau, one of Bertolt Brecht's closest associates and life companions.


  • SNOW

    Staging of the Young Poland movement modernist drama by Stanisław Przybyszewski – Snow directed by Anna Gryszkówna.


  • THREE SISTERS

    One of the most important play in the world drama canon: Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov directed by Jan Englert.


  • AUTUMN SONATA

    A theatrical version of the famous film by Ingmar Bergman directed by Grzegorz Wiśniewski. Danuta Stenka as Charlotte.


  • MOTHER JOAN OF ANGELS

    How does evil arise that we do not understand?Mother Joan of Angles by Iwaszkiewicz directed by Wojciech Faruga. 


  • The National Theatre at Google Cultural Institute

    Virtual exhibition 250 Years of Teatr Narodowy (National Theatre of Poland) is available online at Google Cultural Institute.


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