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Romeo and Juliet and a Trip to Mars
An innovative staging of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet kicked off a new season at the Juliusz S這wacki Theater in Cracow.

Directed by Marcin Hycnar, the Shakespeare classic opened Oct. 4 at the theater’s Du瘸 (Large) Stage. The titular roles are played by up-and-coming actors Ewa Jakubowicz, a graduate of the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, and Marcin Wojciechowski, still a student of the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow.

Hycnar wants his version of the play to be a bridge between Shakespeare’s time and the present day. Accordingly, the actors change between two sets of costumes, one inspired by the Elizabethan era and one made up of contemporary clothes. The time-bridge concept is also highlighted by a score that blends the music of the 16th century with contemporary sounds.

Hycnar’s take on the drama differs slightly from what audiences have been used to seeing so far. The director says that Romeo and Juliet is usually seen as a depiction of mythical, romantic love that ends tragically. “I think it contains far more subjects and complicated personalities that deserve more attention,” says Hycnar. “We sought to bring out and give more vitality to those frequently omitted threads.”

Romeo and Juliet is the first of eight new productions the S這wacki Theater has in store this season. The second opened Oct. 11 at the theater’s Miniatura Stage and is entitled Ziemia, planeta ludzi (English title: Wind, Sand and Stars). It is based on a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who built the story largely around his personal life and the lives of his fellow aviators. As the main character prepares for an expedition to Mars, serious complications occur in his personal life. The audience then keeps him company on his space voyage and, in the process, they are given an opportunity to ponder on the power of human emotions.

The play has been given a lavish visual setting, which, combined with a cast of some of the S這wacki Theater’s finest actors and electronic music by Ola Bili雟ka, makes for a fantastic show.

Juliusz S這wacki Theater, Cracow, 1 安. Ducha Sq.
Tickets: tel. 12 424-45-28, 12 424-45-25,