Opening Night: 21 April 2007 
Author: Aleksander Fredro 
Title: Maidens' Vows
Original Title: Śluby panieńskie
Director: Jan Englert

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 2 hours 20 min, one interval

Maidens' Vows

The young have a good time, the old revel in their memories. Different generations talk to each other with Aleksander Fredro's refined verses.

Jan Englert revitalises the classic work of the Polish playwright. The scenography designed by Barbara Hanicka combines an idyllic landscape with modern elements, alongside a reflective mood established by Leszek Możdżer’s music. Meanwhile, life is pulsating to the rhythm and melody of the words. Women revolt, men begin making advances. The young are accompanied by the adults who nostalgically return to unfulfilled passions. Fascinating and ambiguous love games are played.

director:  Jan Englert
set design: Barbara Hanicka
music: Leszek Możdżer
lighting design: Mirosław Poznański

Cast:

Mrs Dobrójska [Gabriela Kownacka], [Halina Skoczyńska] (from October 7, 2008), Katarzyna Gniewkowska (from November 8, 2013; guest actor)
Aniela Patrycja Soliman
Klara Kamilla Baar (as a guest actor from January 1, 2018)
Radost Jan Englert
Gustav Marcin Hycnar (as a guest actor from September 1, 2016)
Albin Grzegorz Małecki
*** Dorota Rubin (guest actor) / Anna Gryszkówna (till February 21, 2010)
Jan [Czesław Lasota] (guest actor), Jacek Różański (November 2014, February 2015), Zbigniew Bogdański (from March 3 2015; guest actor)

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Anna Turowiec
  • set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Bartłomiej Kaczalski
  • sound technicians: Mariusz Maszewski, Marek Szymański, Hubert Majewski
  • stage manager: Krzysztof Kuszczyk
  • prompter: [Jolanta Szydłowska]

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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