In 1893 Krakow acquired the brand-new theater
building at 1 Plac Sw. Ducha square and Szpitalna street to house its much
envied company of players.
The splendid edifice of the
city theater was modeled on the grand Paris Opera. A vast Gothic
complex of medieval hospital and monastery together with its church
of the Holy Spirit had been demolished to make room for what
was then a state-of-the-art playhouse. The
interior also was impressive. Most of all the
huge painted curtain with the allegory of tragedy
and comedy has gained enduring fame as an
outstanding work of art.
Krakow’s City Theater, in 1908
renamed the Juliusz Slowacki Theater (Teatr im. Juliusza
Slowackiego), introduced to this country modern stagecraft,
drama, and acting at the turn of the 20th
century. Its thespians staged the most of important
plays of the period and endorsed the best Polish and
foreign playwrights. Among them was Stanislaw
Wyspianski, Krakow’s painter and poet of
genius, who wrote all his milestone dramas with
this theater in mind on top of revolutionizing
the art of stage design.
Apart from its primary
theatrical function the Juliusz Slowacki Theater
has always served as an all-purpose public venue. It long
doubled as the Krakow opera house and occasionally substituted for a
Teatr Slowackiego theater underwent a thorough
centennial in the early 1990s.
Slowackiego Theater, one of Krakow's best companies
im. Juliusza Slowackiego is a well-known repertory company in
Poland. It boasts three auditoriums, i.e. Duza Scena (Big
Stage) in the main playhouse at 1 Plac Sw. Ducha square,
little Scena Miniatura in the adjacent building of the former
power station at 2 Plac Sw. Ducha square, and still smaller
Scena Brama (Gate Stage) at 4 Plac Sw. Ducha square. The
Slowacki Theatre stages Polish as well as foreign plays in
translation, both the classics and contemporary drama: serious
plays, comedies, and also musicals. Its productions take place
practically every day.
info for the Teatr Juliusza Slowackiego theater
address: Teatr im. Juliusza Slowackiego, Pl. Sw. Ducha 1,
31-023 Krakow, Poland. The Slowacki Theater has its booking office at 1
Sw. Ducha Pl. open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and between 2:30 p.m.
and 6 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays plus four hours before
the show on Sundays. Phone number for booking (+48) 124244525, phone/fax 124224022, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wawel Royal Castle
Home to three dynasties of Poland's
monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite
chambers are filled with priceless art, best
period furniture and rare ancient objects. The
collection of the 16th-century monumental Flemish
Poland's impressive national shrine
shelters plenty of superb church art. Its giant bell of 1520
ranks with the world's largest. Most Polish kings
and their family members are buried in the
cathedral, its chapels and crypts.
Krakow’s central Grand Square (Rynek
Glowny), the largest plaza of medieval Europe and
one of the world’s finest with its spectacular
landmarks, has remained the hub of the city since
the 13th century.
Basilica of the
The immense Gothic church, Krakow's
principal temple since the 13th century, shelters
the world's greatest
Gothic sculpture among its many excellent
works of art
The world's oldest shopping mall has
been in business for 700 years. The present
Renaissance edifice dates from 1555.
Town Hall Tower
Krakow's leaning tower was built by the
end of the 13th century.
700-year-old main city gate with
adjoining mighty walls and towers.
Planty Garden Ring
Park of 30 varied gardens among old
trees round Krakow's Old Town historical district
15th-century impressive Grand College of
the Krakow university where Copernicus once
Picturesque 17th-century church and
monastery shelter numerous naturally mummified
bodies in their crypts.
The most beautiful of Europe's ancient