Opening Night: 30 June 2005
Authors: Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill
Title: Happy End
Original Title: Happy End
Music: Kurt Weill
Songs' Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht 
Libretto: Dorothy Lane
Translators of Songs: Agnieszka Osiecka, Andrzej Jarecki
Translators of Libretto: Marjorie Hayes, Krzysztof Kopka
Director: Tadeusz Bradecki

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 2 hours 45 min, two intervals

Happy End

director: Tadeusz Bradecki
set design: Jagna Janicka
musical director: Mirosław Jastrzębski
choreography: Jacek Badurek
lighting design: Mirosław Poznański
vocal preparation: Aldona Krasucka
sound director: Andrzej Rewak

Cast:

The Gang

Bill Cracker Grzegorz Małecki
Sam "Mammy" Wurlitzer Arkadiusz Janiczek
Dr. Nakamura ("The Governor") Emilian Kamiński
Jimmy Dexter ("The Reverend") Paweł Tołwiński / Jan Monczka (understudy)
Bob Marker ("The Professor") Andrzej Blumenfeld
Johnny Flint ("Baby Face") Leszek Zduń
Lady in Grey ("The Fly") Monika Dryl / Kinga Ilgner (understudy)
Miriam Bożena Stachura

The Salvation Army

Major Stone Wiesława Niemyska
Captain Hannibal Jackson Modest Ruciński / Marcin Przybylski (understudy)
Lieutenant Lilian Holiday ("Hallelujah Lil") Katarzyna Kurylońska (guest actress) / Aneta Todorczuk-Perchuć (understudy)
Sister Mary Joanna Kwiatkowska-Zduń
Sister Jane Ewa Konstancja Bułhak
Brother Ben Owens Jerzy Łapiński

and

Cop Marek Barbasiewicz / Jacek Różański (understudy)
Faithfuls 
Jacek Jarosz (guest actor)
Katarzyna Taracińska-Badura / Dorota Rubin (understudy; guest actress)
Robert T. Majewski
Jan Monczka / Paweł Tołwiński (understudy)

a music band under direction of Mirosław Jastrzębski

alto saxophone Bronisław Zawaliński / Mariusz Mielcarek (understudy)
tenor saxophone Michał Kulenty / Michał Sobiera (understudy)
trumpet I Robert Majewski / Robert Murakowski
trumpet II Łukasz Korybalski, Maciej Piwkowski
trombone Piotr Wróbel / Dariusz Plichta (understudy)
drums Wojciech Kowalewski / Rafał Klimczuk (understudy)
banjo / guitar / Hawaiian guitar Jacek Wąsowski / Marek Walawender (understudy)
bandoneon Dariusz Świnoga / Grzegorz Toporowski (understudy)
piano Aldona Krasucka / Miłosława Brzezińska (understudy)

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Leszek Zduń
  • set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Korneliusz Wieczorek
  • sound techniciansRafał Barański, Mariusz Maszewski
  • stage manager: Krzysztof Kuszczyk
  • prompter: Alina Wieczorkówna

Gallery:

  • KING LEAR

    King Lear may be Shakespeare's boldest examination of human nature. Jan Englert will play the title role. The premiere of the tragedy directed by Grzegorz Wiśniewski will take place on February 24, 2024.

  • WAITING FOR GODOT

    Piotr Cieplak directs Waiting for Godot by Beckett. Is this a classic yet? Does it still have its avant-garde power? And, are we still waiting?


  • FREDRO. THE JUBILEE YEAR

    To celebrate 230 years since Aleksander Fredro's birth, the National Theatre invites you to an evening dedicated to the life and works of Poland’s greatest comedy writer. 

  • TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS

    Vienna in economic crisis and its lost inhabitants; portrait of the society in which fascism is born. Małgorzata Bogajewska directs Ödön von Horváth's 1931 drama.

  • THE THEATRE MAKER

    The play by Thomas Bernhard, one of the most outstanding playwrights of the second half of the 20th century. In the title role – Jerzy Radziwiłowicz. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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