Opening Night: 24 Febuary 2024
Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Król Lear
Original Title: The Tragedy of King Lear
Translator: Stanisław Barańczak
Director: Grzegorz Wiśniewski

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 3 hours 15 min inculding one interval

Ticket prices:

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

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

rush tickets:
40 PLN  more info →

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

King Lear

The King of Britain divides his kingdom between his three daughters to free himself from worries and hardships. However, before the decision he poses a question: which of you loves me the most?

Can he expect honesty? Can honesty convince him? Is it possible to give up power, but not a desire to be obeyed? And can one understand one’s own declining years?

William Shakespeare's tragedy is considered one of the finest examples of European theatre. According to Jan Kott, ‘King Lear's’ theme is the decay and fall of the world. Nonetheless, the depth of thought and the strength of emotions prompt multiple interpretations of the drama. ‘King Lear’ may be Shakespeare's boldest examination of human nature. Jan Englert will play the title role in the National Theatre's production.


Spectacle for adult audiences

Please mind that the performance includes nudity, curses, loud sound and music effects, and smoke effects.


direction: Grzegorz Wiśniewski
cooperation on dramaturgy: Jakub Roszkowski
set and light design, costume, video: Mirek Kaczmarek
music: Aleksandra Gryka
choreography: Wioleta Fiuk

Cast

and
Tadeusz Wielecki (guest performer) / Wojciech Pulcyn (guest performer) – musician (double bass) 

tancerze (guest actors):
Wioleta Fiuk
Andrzej Buczkowski
Grzegorz Grzywacz
Witold Jurewicz
Jerzy Klonowski
Marek Kowalski

Andrzej Pankowski


Production team:

  • director's assistant: Hubert Paszkiewicz 
    sound technicians: Marek Szymański, Hubert Majewski, Mariusz Maszewski
  • light technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Bartłomiej Kaczalski, Krzysztof Łukasz Stefan
  • video projection: Mariusz Chałubek, Paweł Woźniak
  • stage manager: Katarzyna Kłosowska-Kobiałka
    prompter: Magdalena Markowska
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Licence for this stage production was granted by the Society of Authors – ZAiKS.

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