Opening Night: 27 September 1998
Author: Jerzy Grzegorzewski
Title: Halka Spinoza or The Lost Opera or The Grief for the Escaping Life
Original Title: Halka Spinoza albo Opera Utracona albo Żal za uciekającym bezpowrotnie życiem
With texts of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Józef Tischner and Włodzimierz Wolski
With the music of Stanisław Moniuszko and Stanisław Radwan
Director:
Jerzy Grzegorzewski

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 1 hour 25 min

Halka Spinoza

director: Jerzy Grzegorzewski
set design: Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Barbara Hanicka
costume design: Barbara Hanicka
lighting design: Mirosław Poznański

Cast:

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – Vignac Stacy Krzysztof Wakuliński
Opera artists:
Fajtcacy – soprano Ewa Konstancja Bułhak
Kinofalos – tenor Mariusz Benoit
Vigor – tenor Andrzej Blumenfeld
Viviani – tenor Jacek Różański (till August 31, 1999 as a guest actor)
Halka Maria Mitrosz (guest actor) / Magdalena Andreew (from April 27, 1999; guest actor)
Opera director Jerzy Łapiński
Cameraman Wojciech Malajkat
Cameraman's assistant Radosław Elis
Klaudestyna Anna Chodakowska
Bella-Bello Magdalena Warzecha
Dzinia Katarzyna Taracińska
Ficia Kinga Ilgner
Sylfa Karolina Dryzner
Bixia Sylwia Nowiczewska
Grandmother Halucyna Wiesława Niemyska
Karol Jerzy Węgorzewski Olgierd Łukaszewicz
Sister Dora Gabriela Kownacka (till August 31, 1999 as a guest actor)
Doctor Dorn Michał Pawlicki
Corypheuses of highlanders' choir Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Zbigniew Zamachowski
Highlanders' choir Łukasz Lewandowski, Paweł Tołwiński, Maciej Wojdyła, Leszek Zduń
Phantom of a Knight of Giewont Michał Pawlicki
Dancing at the Savoy Hotel Elżbieta Piekacz (guest actor), Ireneusz Dydliński (guest actor), Ewa Szawłowska (guest actor), Mikołaj Klimek (guest actor), Anna Szczerbińska (guest actor), Marcin Kocela (guest actor), Alicja Szymańska (guest actor), Sławomir Śmiałek (guest actor), Magdalena Czartoryjska (from November 17, 1998; guest actor), Joanna Kwiatkowska-Zduń (from January 18, 2000)
Halka Spinoza Katarzyna Kowalska (guest actor)
and guests
Model Sylwia Stępniak / Beata Ciecierska-Zajdel (from November 17, 1998; understudy)
Musicians Maciej Muczke, Michał Woźniak, Zbigniew Górski (understudy), Adam Kotula (understudy)

Production team:

  • director's assistants: Wiesława Niemyska, Marcin Grota (TA)
  • set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Świderek
  • lighting technician: Krzysztof Trzaskowski
  • sound technician: Mariusz Maszewski

Gallery:

  • FEBLIK

    Feblik (Old Polish for an ‘infatuation’), surprising drama by Małgorzata Maciejewska received the Tadeusz Różewicz Drama Award. Premiere of the spectacle directed by Lena Frankiewicz: 14 June 2024. 

  • A DREAM PLAY

    After the well-received Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Sławomir Narloch returned to the National Theatre with another premiere – A Dream Play by Strindberg.

     

  • KING LEAR

    King Lear may be Shakespeare's boldest examination of human nature. Jan Englert plays the title role. The tragedy directed by Grzegorz Wiśniewski. 

  • 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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