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New take on German classic
The Narodowy Theater is staging a new production of Friedrich Schiller’s classic German drama The Robbers.

First published in 1781, The Robbers is regarded as part of the German Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) movement. The play brought fame to Schiller, who was in his early twenties at the time. It became famous as a statement of resistance to injustice. Once abhorred by the authorities and the censors, the drama has since established itself as a masterpiece of German literature.

The play revolves around two brothers, Karl and Franz. Disowned by his father because of Franz’s scheming and his own recklessness, Karl becomes the leader of a band of robbers in the Bohemian Forest. Convinced that he is a victim of the social system, he becomes a protector of the oppressed, a sort of a “righteous robber.” Michał Zadara, the director of the new production, wants his version to bring out a contemporary message. Despite this modern take, the Warsaw production remains faithful to a 19th-century Polish translation of the drama by Michał Budzyński.

Upcoming performances: June 14 and 15, 7 p.m.
Narodowy Theater; Bogusławskiego Hall; 3 Teatralny Sq.