Slowacki Theatre


Beata Wagner

The eclectically designed Juliusz Slowacki Theatre is named after one of the three great bards and has to be one of the most opulently spectacular buildings in Krakow. Built 1891-3 to the design of Jan Zawiejski, who studied at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Garnier’s Opera in Paris. As with Warsaw’s Great Theatre, the building was designed to express and encourage national feeling, and is arguably the most important building to have come out of Zawiejski’s time as municipal architect.

The construction of the building was financed through donations and the design, aside from the debt to Garnier, features vernacular elements - compare the parapet to that in the Sukiennice. Thus are local and international elements combined into an eclectic, and very impressive, whole. The auditorium can handle 900 people, who on the whole pay very reasonable prices for performances, which are usually of the Polish and European classics, though there are also performances from the canon of Romantic and Neo-Romantic plays. The famous, allegorical painting on the stage curtain is by Henryk Siemiradzki, himself an important painter with a penchant for classical and New Testament themes.

Tags: history, architecture, art, theatre, Juliusz Slowacki
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