You don’t have to see a show to fall in love with this incredible venue, says WGSN Contributor Zuzanna Butkiewicz (although if you get the chance you definitely should…)
Even if you’re not a huge theatre fan, visiting The Polski while in Wroclaw is a journey worth making – and not just because the performances are completely fantastic…
City: Wroclaw, Poland
Where: Polski Theatre in Wrocław, 3 Zapolskiej Street 50-032 Wrocław Poland / 48 71316070102
Three reasons we love it:
1. The Theatre’s three unique venues: This award-winning Polish theatre is a must-see for anyone visiting Poland’s fourth largest city, Wroclaw. Founded in 1949, Polski Theatre boasts three independent stages spread around the city centre, but perhaps the most interesting is the ‘Na Swiebodzkim’ Stage, located inside the abandoned Swiebodzki railway station. Why? The interior is radically transformed for every play, yet it still somehow maintains the presence of a classical monument. The other two stages are the Small Stage on 28 Świdnicka Street just off the picturesque market square and the modern Jerzy Grzegorzewski Stage located in the Theatre’s main building at 3 Zapolska Street.
2. The award-winning team of actors and directors: Every season the theatre’s repertoire showcases plays created by the best of the best Polish dramatic theatre actors and directors – and the output is varied. You’re as likely to see a new interpretation of a Shakespeare tragedy as you are an original adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s ‘Demons’. The Theatre’s plays are forever pushing the boundaries of dramatic expression, particularly those based on famous biographies (recent hits include ‘Courtney Love’ and ‘Blanche and Marie’, inspired by the life of Marie Curie).
3. Set design: To complement the whole experience, Polski Theatre’s plays are abound with original scenographic concepts that guarantee utmost visual indulgence, incorporating artists’ installations (e.g. giant revolving neurons by Aleksandra Wasilkowska for ‘Kronos’), as well as unforgettable scores.
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