Shakespeare’s Globe announces programme of events for ‘Shakespeare and Poland’

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the full programme of events for Shakespeare and Poland, a ten-day festival celebrating Poland’s affinity with Shakespeare and coinciding with the 150th anniversary of artist, playwright and Shakespeare interpreter, Stanisław Wyspiański.

Opening the festival on Wednesday 26 June will be Poland is Hamlet, a panel discussion exploring the place of Shakespeare, and more specifically Hamlet, in the Polish cultural and political imagination.

Professor Tony Howard, Jan Klata, Dr Wanda Świątkowska, Professor Małgorzata Grzegorzewska and Jerzy Limon will appear as panelists.

Using the character of Polonius (whose name translates from Latin as ‘the Polish Man’) as a starting point, Polonius: The Polish Man will see a panel of leading scholars and directors, including Dr Jolanta Rzegocka, Professor Jarosław Kilian and Professor Andrew Hadfield, share their perspectives on the relationship between Hamlet and Polish political writings of the time.

On Sunday 30 June, the first play written in Polish, Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys by Jan Kochanowski, directed by James Wallace, will be performed simultaneously in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and close to the site of the original 1579 performance in Warsaw directed by Waldemar Rażniak.

Part of the Globe’s Read Not Dead series, Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys will be followed by a reading of Kochanowski’s extra-ordinarily moving Laments, written following the death of his 2 year old daughter, in a translation by Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney and Stanislaw Baranczak.

Heaney regarded the Laments as Poland’s equivalent of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Laments will be directed by Jason Morell.

On Thursday 4 July Shakespeare’s Globe will present Wyspiański: Hamlet Study and The Death of Ophelia, the first ever English translations of Wyspianski’s two seminal works, translated by Barbara Bogoczek and Professor Tony Howard.

Following an introduction to his life and works, with extracts from Hamlet Study read by Globe actors, the Globe will host the world premiere in English of Wyspiański’s one-act play, Death of Ophelia, written in 1905. The play will be directed by Nastazja Somers with music by Nicola Chang.

Barbara Bogoczek and Prof Dariusz Kosiński (Jagiellonian University, Krakow) will join Professor Tony Howard and Patrick Spottiswoode in discussion about Wyspiański’s life and work.

Songs of Lear will close the festival on Saturday 6 July, with the award-winning, Wrocław-based Song of the Goat Theatre Company portraying the tragic stories from Shakespeare’s King Lear through music, movement and a cappella song.

These performances of Songs of Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe will mark the launch of ROKPA Great Britain.

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