Opening Night: 11 February 2017
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Title: The Idiot
Original Title: Идиот
Translator: Jerzy Jędrzejewicz
Director: Paweł Miśkiewicz

Auditorium: Wierzbowa Street Hall 
Running time: 3 hours 40 min including one interval

The Idiot

The stage adaptation of one of the masterpieces of the 19th century novel.

Russia and the world on the brink of chaos. Returning from the West, Prince Myshkin seeks salvation from the Apocalypse in the faith of the ancients. Is he holy or ridiculous? Is he following Christ or just pretending to be him?

director: Paweł Miśkiewicz
stage adaptation: Joanna BednarczykPaweł Miśkiewicz                                                                                      
set design: Barbara Hanicka 
music: Anna Zaradny
lighting design: Wojciech Puś
dramaturg: Joanna Bednarczyk

Cast:

Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin Paweł Tomaszewski (guest actor)
Nastasya Filippovna Barashkova Wiktoria Gorodeckaja / Justyna Kowalska (from March 1, 2018)
Parfyon Semyonovich Rogozhin Mateusz Rusin
Afanasy Ivanovich Totsky Jan Frycz
Lukyan Timofyevich Lebedev Mariusz Benoit (as a guest actor till August 31, 2017)
Ivan Fyodorovich Yepanchin Mariusz Bonaszewski (as a guest actor from September 1, 2019)
Lizaveta Prokofyevna Yepanchin Dominika Kluźniak
Aglaya Ivanovna Yepanchin Paulina Szostak
Adelaida Ivanovna Yepanchin Justyna Kowalska / Michalina Łabacz (from March 1, 2018)
Gavrila Ardalionovich Ivolgin Przemysław Stippa
Ardalion Alexandrovich Ivolgin Włodzimierz Press (guest actor) / Waldemar Kownacki (from March 15, 2019)
Keller Marcin Przybylski
Student Wiktoria Wolańska (as a guest actress from September 1, 2018)
Hippolit Terentyev Maciej Hanczewski (guest actor)
Antip Burdovsky Jakub Gawlik (as a guest actor till August 5, 2020)

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Justyna Kowalska 
  • lighting technicians: Łukasz Obuch-Woszczatyński, Tomasz Księżak 
  • sound technicians: Marcin Kotwa, Maciej Rybicki
    • video projection: Mariusz Chałubek, Paweł Woźniak
  • stage manager: Adam Borkowski
  • prompter: Anna Leszczyńska


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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