Opening Night: 4 December 2021
Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Wieczór Trzech Króli albo co chcecie
Original Title: Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Translator: Stanisław Barańczak
Director: Piotr Cieplak

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 2 hours 55 min including two intervals

Ticket prices:

full-price tickets:
zone I: 120 PLN
zone II: 110 PLN
zone III: 100 PLN

concession tickets:
zone I: 85 PLN
zone II: 75 PLN
zone III: 65 PLN

rush tickets:
40 PLN  more info →

students of state theatre and art schools: 
15 PLN more info →

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Complicated love intrigues in a lively and precise staging. Piotr Cieplak emphasizes the musicality of one of Shakespeare's most important comedies.

Viola, miraculously rescued from a ship wrecked off the coast of Illyria, puts on men's clothing and begins serving with Duke Orsino. The prince is plagued by feelings for the grieving Olivia. She, in turn, looks kindly on the new courtier of delicate beauty. . Nothing is as it seems, and life itself lurks behind this game of appearances...

direction: Piotr Cieplak
costume, set and light design, projections: Andrzej Witkowski
music: Jan Duszyński
musical director: Tomasz Pawłowski

Cast

Musical ensemble

Agnieszka Rogowiecka / Elżbieta Drozdowska flute
Adam Misiak / Anna Wróbel cello
Wojciech Gumiński / Tomasz Januchta double bass
Jarema Jarosiński / Wojciech Bylica percussion instruments
Tomasz Pawłowski piano

Production team

  • postproduction of projections: Mariusz Chałubek
    director's assistant: Wiktoria Monika Gołębiewska
  • sound technicians: Mariusz Maszewski, Hubert Majewski, Marek Szymański
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Bartłomiej Kaczalski, Krzysztof Łukasz Stefan
    projections: Mariusz Chałubek, Paweł Woźniak
  • stage manager: Krzysztof Kuszczyk
    prompter: Magdalena Markowska
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Licence for this stage production was granted by the Society of Authors – ZAiKS.

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