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Stanisław Wyspiański

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Adam Mickiewicz

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

(1798–1855),

the outstanding poet of Poland, and the founder of the Romantic movement in Polish literature. Born and educated in Vilna, he was exiled in 1829, and lived thereafter...

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Andrzej Wajda

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1927– )

Polish film director regarded as the most important influence on contemporary Polish cinema.

Born at Suwalki, the son of a cavalry officer who was killed in World...

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Cracow

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Leading city of medieval Poland, located on the upper river Vistula. The limestone heights known as Wawel and surroundings were settled in prehistoric times, and by the end of the ...

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Jan Matejko

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(b Cracow, 24 June 1838; d Cracow, 1 Nov. 1893).

The most famous Polish painter of his time. Apart from periods of study in Munich and Vienna, he was based in Cracow all his...

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Jerzy Grotowski

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(b. Rzeszów, Poland, 11 Aug. 1933; d. Pontedera, Italy, 14 Jan. 1999)

Director. Early productions reveal his study of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and Vakhtangov. He engaged in...

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Konrad Swinarski

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1929–75)

Polish director and designer. Bilingual in Polish and German, Swinarski was at the Berliner Ensemble (1955–7), for a while one of Brecht's assistants. He then worked in...

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Schiller Leon

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(b. Cracow, 14 March 1887; d. Warsaw, 25 March 1954)

Director, essayist, historian of theatre and teacher. Schiller was influenced by Gordon Craig's theories which inspired his...

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Tadeusz Kantor

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(b. Wielopole, Poland, 6 April 1915; d. Cracow, 8 Dec. 1990)

Painter, stage designer and director. During the Second World War Kantor founded an underground experimental theatre of...

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