Juliusz Słowacki Theatre

Juliusz Slowacki Theatre Krakow

Krakow is a city full of monuments but also culture. Full of cinemas and theaters, whose repertoire is the best in Poland. Słowacki Theater presents the best authors, and the most well-known directors. It has been operating continuously since 1893. It’s one of the most famous and most deserved Polish theater. The building, built by Jan Zawiejski, is one of the most valuable architectural monuments in Europe. The interiors are decorated with frescoes by the Vienna artist Anton Tuch. Next to the stage there is the antique dressing room of the great actor Ludwik Solski. The building refers to the Paris Opera. It consists of three basic parts that maintain a harmonious whole. The two-storey facade houses a vestibule, staircase, foyer. The domed roof of the central part is the audience referring to the baroque Italian theater. Part three is the scene, the most important part of the building. Architect combines neo-Renaissance and neo-Baroque elements.

Who was Juliusz Slowacki?

Writing about the architecture and interior of the Teatr im. J. Slowacki is worth mentioning about the period in which he was born. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries Kraków was a city of Polish literature and art. He had a great deal of autonomy and political freedom. However, the city needed a representative theater. Initially, the theater was called the Municipal Theater in Cracow. The ceremonial opening took place on October 21, 1893, and the inaugural show featured portions of "Balladins", "Revenge" and "Bars Confederates".

This magnificent theater at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries served as the national scene. He was the birthplace of modern Polish directing, stage design, staging and acting. Young artists such as Stanislaw Wyspianski debuted in it. The premiere of his brilliant works like „Wesele” (1901) and „Wyzwolenie” (1903), are the most important events in the history of Polish culture. At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, theatre showed masterpieces of Polish Romanticism: Kordian, Dziady and Non-Divine Comedy.

Juliusz Slowacki Theatre invariably occupies a unique place in the culture of Krakow. On several scenes, he proposes important, valuable performances that comment on contemporary cultural and political events. The famous Cracow's Salon of Poetry by Anna Dymna, the Off-Line Stage at the Gate, and the Garden Scene at the Pump in the Summer are also featured in the Theater.

Directors Pawlikowski, Solski, Frycz

During the war the building was taken over by the Germans. After the war, Juliusz Slowacki Theatre was opened again in 1945. It was headed by eminent directors, among others. Pawlikowski, Solski, Frycz. This unique, legendary place attracts attention with warm colors of architecture and a fragmented, richly decorated exterior decoration. The building is one of the most valuable architectural monuments of the period of eclecticism in Europe. While being in Cracow You certainly can not miss this magnificent building. Its architecture is breathtaking to everyone.

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