Juliusz Słowacki Theatre

The eclectic building of Juliusz Słowacki Theatre was erected at Plac Ducha Świętego square, in place of a demolished church, bearing the same name, which stood here in the years 1891-1893. It is worth mentioning that this was the first building in Kraków, which had electric lighting. The theatre received its current name in 1909.

The first performance in the building at Plac Ducha Świętego took place on October 20th, 1893. It is worth mentioning that although this was a period when Poland was not an independent country (the period of the Partitions of Poland), excerpts from the great works of Polish poets and playwrights – Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Słowacki and Aleksander Fredro – were staged.

It would be difficult to describe all of the architectural details that attract attention in this wonderful theatre building. It is definitely worth taking a closer look at them, as the beautiful architecture is a very interesting addition to the theatrical performances and gala concerts that are held here. It is also worth mentioning the exceptionally beautiful curtain made by the artist Henryk Siemiradzki in 1894, who did not demand any pay for his extraordinary work of craftsmanship, and the costs of materials were covered from the city funds.

Among the eminent persons who managed the theatre were: Tadeusz Pawlikowski, Józef Kotarbinski, Ludwik Solski, Lucjan Rydel and Juliusz Osterwa. Among the actors, e.g.: Helena Modrzejewska, Juliusz Osterwa, Stefan Jaracz, Kazimierz Junosza-Stępowski, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Gustaw Holoubek.

It is in the Słowacki Theatre that the extremely popular meetings of the Kraków Poetry Salon are organized since 2002 by Anna Dymna, as well as the summer performances on the Stage by the Pump (Scena Przy Pompie), which during the summer is just the nicest place for outdoor concerts.

Current repertoire of the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, where you can also book the tickets in advance, is available online at the official website of the theatre.

 

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