Shakespeare and Poland celebrates Poland’s particular affinity and fascination with Shakespeare’s plays. The two-week festival embraces live theatre, film, illustration, music and song. It includes a visit from the remarkable Song of the Goat Theatre Company with a rare opportunity to see their Songs of Lear.

The festival also marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the extraordinary Polish playwright, director and painter, Stanislaw Wyspianski. The festival includes a world premiere of his one-woman Death of Ophelia and the publication of the first ever English translation of his seminal work, Hamlet Study.

The festival is presented with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, Song of the Goat Theatre, Wrocław, the Polish Book Institute and His Excellency Arkady Rzegocki, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, and Mrs Jolanta Rzegocka.

Poland is Hamlet

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Why does Shakespeare have such prominence in the Polish imagination? Explore the answers in this panel discussion including rarely seen film extracts.

Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Hear the battles of the Trojan war unfold in this performance with scripts of Kochanowski’s play, staged simultaneously in Warsaw.

Rarely Played: Dismissal of Grecian Envoys

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
The accompanying talk for 'Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys'.

Wyspiański: Hamlet Study and The Death of Ophelia

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
We mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of legendary Polish playwright Wyspianski with a semi-staged performance of his The Death of Ophelia and extracts from Hamlet Study.

Songs of Lear

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The extraordinary Song of the Goat Theatre Company presents the tragic stories of Lear via haunting a cappella singing, folk instruments and flawless choreography.

Polonius: The Polish Man?

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
A panel of leading Polish and English scholars, directors and commentators will offer perspectives on Polonius from theatrical and political points of view.