Opening Night: 16 October 2004
Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Richard II
Original Title: The Life and Death of King Richard the Second
Translator: Piotr Kamiński
Director:
Andrzej Seweryn

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

Richard II

director: Andrzej Seweryn
artistic cooperation: Anna Smolar, Piotr Kamiński
set design: Boris Kudlička
costume design: Magdalena Tesławska, Paweł Grabarczyk
musical arrangements: Piotr Kamiński
lighting design: Felice Ross

The performance contains fragments of works by the following composers: Anonymous in the 13th century, Clément Janequin, Vicente Lusitano, Claudio Monteverdi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Giuseppe Verdi, Siergiej Rachmaninow, Benjamin Britten, Arnold Schönberg, Oliver Messiaen, György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis.
Recordings with the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted by Henryk Wojnarowski

Awards and Nominations:

2006 – The Set Design Award of the 1st National Competition for the Theatrical Staging of Old Works of European Literature to Boris Kudlička for set design of Richard II
2006 – The Lighting Design Award of the 1st National Competition for the Theatrical Staging of Old Works of European Literature to Felice Ross for lighting design of Richard II
2006 – recommendation of the Opole Theatre Confrontations Jury to present Ryszard II at 31st Opole Theatre Confrontations "Polish Classics 2006"

Cast:

King Richard II Michał Żebrowski (guest actor)
Queen Isabel, King Richard’s wife Karolina Gruszka
John of Gaund, Duke of  Lancaster Ignacy Gogolewski
Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, afterwards Duke of Lancaster, afterwards King Henry IV Artur Żmijewski
Edmund of Langley, Duke of York Krzysztof Kolberger / Jarosław Gajewski (from April 30, 2005)
Duchess of York Gabriela Kownacka
Duke of Aumerle, Duke of Rutland, Son of Duke of York Arkadiusz Janiczek
Duchess of Gloucester, widow of Thomas Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester Teresa Budzisz-Krzyżanowska
Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk Mariusz Bonaszewski

Henchmans of King Richard II

Sir William Bagot Marcin Przybylski
Sir John Bushy Przemysław Stippa
Sir Henry Green Paweł Tołwiński

Friends of King Richard II

Earl of Salisbury Andrzej Blumenfeld
Bishop of Carlisle Marek Barbasiewicz
Sir Stephen Scroop Bartłomiej Bobrowski / Robert Latusek (from September 27, 2005; guest actor)
Abbot of Westminster Józef Duriasz

Supporters of  Henry Bolingbroke

Henry Percy, Duke of Northumberland Henryk Talar
Harry Percy, his son Leszek Zduń
Lord Ross Jacek Mikołajczak
Lord Willoughby Robert Jarociński / Przemysław Pankowski (from September 27, 2005; guest actor)
Sir Pierce of Exton Maciej Kozłowski
Captain of the Welsh Wojciech Solarz / Robert T. Majewski (from June 21, 2005; guest actor)
Ladies of the court Anna Grycewicz, Dorota Rubin (guest actress)
Exton’s servant Tomasz Abramski (guest actor), Janusz Sieniawski (guest actor)
York’s servant Sławomir Federowicz (guest actor)
Gardener Igor Przegrodzki
Gardener’s helpers Modest Ruciński, Wojciech Solarz / Robert T. Majewski (from June 21, 2005; guest actor)
The Janitor of prison in Pomfret Jerzy Łapiński
Favourite Modest Ruciński
Courtiers Mariusz Bulski (guest actor), Piotr Duda (guest actor), Ireneusz Dydliński (guest actor), Mikołaj Klimek (guest actor), Marcin Sitek (guest actor), Sławomir Śmiałek (guest actor)

Production team:

  • voice coach: Grażyna Matyszkiewicz
  • make-up projects: Waldemar Pokromski
  • fight choreography: Tomasz Abramski, Janusz Sieniawski
  • musical director: Mirosław Jastrzębski
  • director's assistant: Leszek Zduń
    set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Krzysztof Trzaskowski, Zbigniew Szulim
  • sound technicians: Rafał Barański, Mariusz Maszewski
    stage manager: Krzysztof Kuszczyk
    prompter: Jolanta Szydłowska

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