Opening Night: 19 November 2015 
Author: Juliusz Słowacki
Title: Kordian
Original Title: Kordian
Director: Jan Englert

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall 

Running time: 2 hours, no interval 

Ticket prices:

full-price tickets:
zone I: 120 PLN
zone II: 110 PLN

concession tickets:
zone I: 85 PLN
zone II: 75 PLN

rush tickets:
40 PLN  more info →

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

Kordian

The Polish nation's tragic choice: to die heroically in the name of a noble idea or live a life "making shoes for dogs"? — the alternative presented to Kordian in two parables.

The play contains excerpts from Johann Wolfgang Goethe's Faust (trans. Adam Pomorski), Juliusz Słowacki's Kordian (trans. into English by Gerard T. Kapolka), fragments of the script of Stanisław Wyspiański's Hamlet directed by Jerzy Grzegorzewski and Wyspiański's drama Liberation, as well as the fragments of Słowacki's poem The Testament of Mine and his drama Samuel Zborowski.

Premiere on 19 November 2015 on 250th Anniversary of the National Theatre

author of the script and director: Jan Englert
set design: Barbara Hanicka
music: Stanisław Radwan
choreography: Tomasz Wygoda
lighting design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski
engineering design: Mirosław Łysik
video films director: Marek Kozakiewicz
animations: Michał Jankowski
stunt & special effects: Andrzej Słomiński

Cast

And the actors of the National Theatre as Angels, Devils, Witches, Cardinals, Speakers, Soldiers, Poles

Marek BarbasiewiczBartłomiej BobrowskiPaweł BrzeszczEwa Konstancja BułhakMonika DrylKarol DziubaBeata FudalejJakub GawlikWiktoria GorodeckajaPiotr GrabowskiAnna GrycewiczJoanna GrygaAnna GryszkównaArkadiusz JaniczekRobert JarocińskiAleksandra JustaDominika KluźniakMateusz KmiecikMirosław KonarowskiPaulina KorthalsJustyna KowalskaWaldemar KownackiPiotr KramerJoanna Kwiatkowska-ZduńGrzegorz KwiecieńAnna LobedanMichalina ŁabaczHubert Łapacz, Sławomira ŁozińskaKacper MatulaJacek MikołajczakWiesława Niemyska (gościnnie), Paweł PaprockiHubert PaszkiewiczPiotr PiksaKarol PochećMarcin PrzybylskiJacek RóżańskiHenryk SimonAdam SzczyszczajPaulina Szostak, Beata ŚcibakównaPaweł TołwińskiMagdalena Warzecha

Guest actors

Łukasz Borkowski, Maciej Hanczewski, Stefan Krzysztofiak, Kamil Maria Małanicz, Szymon Nowak, Bartosz Wesołowski, Łukasz Węgrzynowski

And children

Natasza MędrzejewskaTymoteusz Czajka, Tomasz GrzybMichał PietruczukMichał Żurawski 

Audio recording: Orchestra under direction of Mirosław Jastrzębski


Production team

  • director's assistant: Anna Turowiec
  • assistant director trainee: Anna Gryszkówna (AT)
  • sound technician: Mariusz Maszewski
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Bartłomiej Kaczalski
    video projection: Mariusz Chałubek, Paweł Woźniak
  • stage manager: Krzysztof Kuszczyk
  • prompter: Anna Leszczyńska


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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