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Theater
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Theater Exclusively in English
   
The Kraków King’s Players, launched in September, are Cracow’s first theater group staging productions exclusively in English.

It all began when Don Allen, the Players’ British founder and artistic director, was visiting Cracow and decided one night that he wanted to go to the theater. He quickly realized that the city does not have professional theater specifically for English-speaking audiences, and the idea to form the Kraków King’s Players was born.

Allen has been involved with theater and entertainment for more than 25 years. He has worked in every corner of Britain, including productions in London’s West End. He has toured all of Europe with his productions as well as spending three months on tour in the United States. He has also worked in the film industry, producing and directing full-length features and working with British movie and television stars. His aim as artistic director of the Kraków King’s Players is to provide English-speaking audiences with entertainment but also food for thought, and to bring together creative talent: actors, writers and directors. He also has high hopes for the Youth Theater, an educational project affiliated with the Kraków King’s Players thanks to which anyone aged 14-19 can try their hand at acting in English.

The Kraków King’s Players comprises actors chosen in auditions—students and graduates of Cracow’s acting schools but also amateurs.

Besides the drama A Date to Remember, audiences can see the Kraków King’s Players performing the comedy The Dinner Party Twist and two 15-minute plays performed by the Youth Theater troupe. All the plays were written especially for the company and are performed exclusively in English.

The performances are staged at Śródmiejski Ośrodek Kultury (Downtown Cultural Center) in Cracow, 2 Mikołajska St. Besides appearing at Kraków King’s Players evenings, the Youth Theater gives performances at Cracow’s junior high and senior high schools and universities.

For more information, visit the www.krakowkingsplayers.com website.