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Teatr im. Juliusza Slowackiego theater in Krakow 

Krakow's Juliusz Slowacki Theater 

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 congressional center. 

The Teatr Slowackiego theater underwent a thorough renovation for its centennial in the early 1990s.

Curtain of the Teatr Slowackiego theater in Krakow, Poland

The stunning curtain of Krakow's Teatr Slowackiego theatre was designed by Henryk Siemiradzki in 1894.

Teatr Slowackiego Theater, one of Krakow's best companies 

Teatr 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. 

Contact info for the Teatr Juliusza Slowackiego theater

Postal 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      

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