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Students Take on Shakespeare
   
A new version of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale has opened at the Collegium Nobilium Theater of the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.

The Shakespearean classic features a cast comprising all 22 of the academy’s fourth-year students and is directed by their tutor Cezary Morawski.

According to Morawski, the new version shows how jealousy can devastate people. In the play, Leontes, the king of Sicily, wrongly suspects his wife Hermione of infidelity and arranges for her to be tried in what is the most moving scene in the play. The Winter’s Tale at the Collegium Nobilium Theater is a two-hour eclectic mix of drama, dance and songs choreographed by Liwia Bargieł. The songs were written Michał Wojnarowski to music by Mateusz Dębski.

Apart from giving the academy’s future graduates a chance to shine, the Collegium Nobilium Theater aims to give other Warsaw-based theaters a run for their money. According to the rector of the academy, Andrzej Strzelecki, the theater may have younger-than-average actors, but its productions are on a par with professional shows staged by other theaters in the city.

In a recent league table of university-level schools in Poland, the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw came first among film and theater schools.

Other plays being staged at the Collegium Nobilium Theater include Film directed by Strzelecki. Featuring a cast of third-year drama students, the play is a crime story and a tale of love focusing on a girl named Zuzia and her failed relationships with men.

Later this season, Collegium Nobilium is planning to stage a play based on The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and directed by Maja Komorowska. The play is scheduled to open at the end of January.

Meanwhile in February, Collegium Nobilium audiences will see some of this semester’s best theatrical sketches as part of a series of performances called Good Evening at the Academy.

M.R.
For performance dates go to www.at.eu.pl
Collegium Nobilium Theater, 22/24 Miodowa St.
Tickets zl.30 (regular) and 20 (concessions),
available at rezerwacja.tcn@at.edu.pl and tel. 22 635-99-39