Opening Night: 16 December 2003
Author: Tadeusz Słobodzianek
Title: Merlin. The Other Story
Original Title:
Merlin. Inna historia
Director: Ondrej Spišák

Auditorium: Wierzbowa Street Hall
Running time: 1 hour 50 min

Merlin. The Other Story

director: Ondrej Spišák
set design: František Liptak
music and vocal preparation: Jan Bernad
cooperation: Monika Mamińska

Awards and Nominations:

2004 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best theatre director" category to Ondrej Spišák for direction of Merlin. The Other Story
2005 – The Award for the Acting Duo of the 45th Kalisz Theatre Meetings to Magdalena Boczarska for the role of Vivian and Jarosław Gajewski for the role of Merlin

Cast:

Senectus, or Merlin Jarosław Gajewski
Virginea, or Vivian Magdalena Boczarska (guest actress)
Puella, or Guinevere, the Queen of Britain Kinga Ilgner / Anna Gryszkówna (from November 5, 2005)
Primus, or Arthur, the King of Britain Tomasz Karolak (guest actor)
Secundus, or Gawain, the constable Maciej Kozłowski
Tertius, or Kay, the seneschal Arkadiusz Janiczek
Quartus, or Percival of Wales Wojciech Błach (guest actor)
Quintus, or Mordred called "Wild" Marcin Przybylski
Sextus, or Klaidas called "Fatty" Paweł Tołwiński
Septimus, or Lancelot of the Lake Oskar Hamerski (guest actor)

Production team:

  • director's assistants: Kinga Byzdra, Piotr Wojewódzki
  • set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Korneliusz Wieczorek
  • sound technicians: Maciej Rybicki, Marek Wojtulanis
  • stage manager: Adam Borkowski
  • prompter: Jolanta Szydłowska

Gallery:

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