Boleslaus the Bold


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Published in 1903, Stanisław Wyspiański's drama presents a political, but also highly personal conflict between the representatives of various authorities.

Building up the state power, King Boleslaus the Bold (also called the Generous) is in direct conflict with Bishop Stanislaus, who questions the monarch's decisions and is listened to by the people. The bishop, in turn, accuses the king of sodomy, excessive – in his opinion – punishment for women who committed betrayal, and being too lenient to his knights.

Both King Boleslaus and Bishop Stanislaus greatly influenced the image of our country, both in its social and political aspect. Their conflict, based on mutual aversion, resulted in the loss of the crown for more than a century.

The play Boleslaus the Bold is an attempt to gain an insight into what happens to the authorities who feel too confident about their own power.

  • Author: Stanisław Wyspiański
  • Direction: Paweł Świątek
  • Dramaturgy: Mateusz Pakuła
  • Set design and light: Marcin Chlanda
  • Music: Dominik Strycharski
  • Costumes, make-up: Maciej Czuchryta, Marta Wieczorek
  • Theater producer: Dorota Grzywacz-Kmieć
  • Stage manager: Anna Wójcicka



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