Theatre Night 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11:00 AM - Sunday, June 16, 2019
On stage and outdoors, classical and alternative, for adults and for kids: Kraków welcomes locals and visitors to Theatre Night for the thirteenth time (15 June). Major theatres and independent stages have prepared myriad attractions: presentations of some of the finest spectacles of the last season, concerts, workshops, outdoor events and guided tours, all under the watchful eyes of the curators who will be on hand to make sure that all we’re missing is sleep! The majority of spectacles are in Polish, but there will also be a few performances for speakers of Shakespeare’s tongue.
The Kraków Cultural Forum hosts the English Touring Theatre Company with their farce It's Only a Bed! presenting the adventures of an English bride-to-be who embarks on a trip to Kraków after her fiancé cheats on her. Barakah Theatre transports the audience to the dazzling world of glitter, sequins and feathers with Kraków’s only drag revue Dancing Queen. Outdoor events include performances focusing on movement, facial expressions and gestures rather than words. At the Small Market Square, Nikoli Theatre presents a premiere of its spectacle Dog Suite, while the Kraków Street Theatre “Kaleidoscope Stage” shows off its pyrotechnic display Birth of a Star. VIS À VIS Theatre comes to the Szczepański Square to present a classic of the comedia dell’arte genre Pierrot and Colombine, while the Niepodległości Square in Podgórze hosts Dagestan Fairytale and The Emperor’s New Clothes by the Zatrzymać Obrotówkę Group. We are in for a dazzling, fascinating, sleepless night!
(Justyna Skalska, "Karnet" magazine)
Kraków emerges primarily as the silhouette of Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and Cathedral adorned by the golden dome of the Sigismund Chapel, and the Historic Centre, surrounded today by Planty – the garden ring developed in the place of the former defence walls. Within its perimeter you will find the Royal Route leading from St Florian’s Gate and the Barbican to the castle, age-old churches, little townhouses and mansions in a variety of styles that have accumulated in the city over the centuries, its University founded in the Middle Ages, the Main Market Square with the characteristic silhouettes of the Cloth Hall, St Mary’s, the Town Hall Tower, the monument to the Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz, pigeons, flower stalls, and the bugle call played every hour from the taller tower of St Mary’s. In addition there is the Kazimierz district, chartered in the 14th century as a separate city to the south of Kraków proper, attracting us with its history, heritage, and the magic of the former Jewish oppidum. Radiating from the Main Market Square, the largest of such squares surviving from the Middle Ages in Europe, are streets that were staked out among previous developments in the middle of the 13th century. Together with the perpendicular cross-streets they form a characteristic grid system (Hippodamian plan), though a trained eye will also see disturbances in Kraków’s perfect urban design where the pre-Charter life was most vibrant.
Perfectly well preserved mediaeval developments, one of the grandest and most impressive in our part of Europe, and a unique complex of built heritage from various periods became the foundation for entering Kraków’s Historic Centre together with Wawel and Kazimierz on the first UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978.
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