Ludowy Theatre

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Located at Osiedle Teatralne in District Nowa Huta, the Ludowy Theatre (‘The People’s Theatre’) is one of the youngest in Krakow. It opened on December 3, 1955 presenting Wojciech Bogusławski’s Krakowiacy i Gorale (The Cracovians and the Highlanders) as its first premiere. The theatre, erected in the industrial district of Krakow, was supposed to educate the workers living there and give them access to culture.
Within a decade of its opening, the Ludowy became known as the city’s prime avant-garde stage and was already counted among the most interesting dramatic stages in Poland. It happened mainly thanks to collaboration of eminent artists such as theatre theoretician and painter Józef Szajna, Tadeusz Kantor, Krystyna Zachwatowicz and others.
However, the theatre met with a lot of criticism. It was accused of developing an overly ambitious repertoire ignoring the needs of what was originally meant to be a worker audience. Nevertheless, it has maintained a first class reputation for experimental theatre until today.
Jerzy Federowicz, who was the theatre’s director between 1989 and 2005, caused a sensation when he staged a season of Romeo and Juliet casting youth from skinhead and punk communities.