The bright yellow Slowacki Theatre (Teatr im. Juliusza Slowackiego) is a architectural masterpiece of Jan Zawiejski. It was finished in 1893 after some medieval buildings had to make way for it.
The Slowacki Theatre is located at the northeastern edge of the Old Town; just 200 m south of the railway station.
Address: Slowacki Theatre, Sw. Ducha 1, Krakow
Krakow’s City Theater renamed the Juliusz Slowacki Theater in 1908 introduced to this country modern stagecraft, drama, and acting at the turn of the 20th century. Its thespians staged most of important plays of the period and endorsed best Polish and foreign playwrights. Among them was Stanislaw Wyspianski, Krakow’s painter and poet of genius, who wrote all his milestone dramas with this theater in mind on top of revolutionizing the art of stage design. Apart from its primary theatrical function the Juliusz Slowacki Theater has always served as an all-purpose public venue.
Now it regularly doubles for a Krakow opera house. And occasionally it substitutes for a congressional center. In the early 1990, for its centennial, the theater underwent a thorough renovation.
Slowacki theater was built in 1893. Big gothic complex of medieval hospital and monastery with church was demolished to build the theater on this place.
What a beauty! It looks very spectacular at night with these lights and flower gardens around.
This theatre was modelled on the Opera House in Paris.
It is situated directly on the route from the railway station to the Old Town, and was right opposite our hotel!
The theatre was named after the great Romantic playwrite, Juliusz Slowacki, and was built in 1892 by the Polish architect Jan Zawiejski.
As well as plays, operas are still regularly performed at the theatre.
The Slowacki theatre is called one of the most beautiful in Europe. It was opened in 1893 and projected by Jan Zawiejski. It's the most famous theatre in Krakow and i'm sure that everybody was there or at least know about it. From the time of its first premiere it has gathered many famous people. Few months ago The Slowacki Theatre was visited by: French president Jaques Chirac, American vice-president Dick Cheney, Russian resident Wladimir Putin, The Leaders of Israel, Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko and some Europeans Kings. It's beautiful outside and inside as well. You can visit it with guide.
The Theatre, a few meters east of the Barbican, catches everyone's eye. The huge bright-yellow building reminds a bit on the Paris Opera (at least it reminds me). The theatre was placed here in 1893 after several medieval buildigs, chruches and even a hospital had been demolished to make space.
One of the most beautiful theatre buildings I know.
Toward the northeastern edge of the old town you'll find the spectacular Teatr im Slowackiego (or Juliusz Slowacki Theater). Finished in 1893, the splendid edifice was modeled on the grand Paris Opera. Apart from its primary theatrical function the Juliusz Slowacki Theater has always served as an all-purpose public venue. Now it regularly doubles for a Krakow opera house.
Juliusz Slowacki Theater, opened in 1893, had been designed by Jan Zawiejski. The scene for many premiers, specially of Polish romantic and modern dramas. The building took pattern from the most beautiful European theaters. It is one of excellent example of the eclectic architecture the end of 19th century. Its fronton is adorned with sculptures by Tadeusz Blotnicki, Alfred Daun and Mieczyslaw Zawiejski.
It was built in the years between 1891 & 1893 from the design of the architect Jan Zawiejski.
The edifice of Slowacki's theatre with its wonderful facade is an example of electic architecture modelled upon the Paris Opera House.
Inside the theatre it is worth paying attention to the wonderfully painted curtain which depicts its creator, H. Siemiradzki.
In front of the building, there is a monument with the bust of Aleksander Fredro, who has been called 'The Father of Polish Comedy', made by Cyprian Godebski.
The Slowaki Theatre - which has nothing to do with Slovakia, after all. It was named after Julius Slowaki, as VTer Blondinek kindly pointed out to me. It's a bright imposing building in the little park that surrounds the old town, and possibly it's one of the most imposing buildings in the entire city: yellow-ochre and with amazing decorations and a really nice roof. it's really so different from the other buildings in town - one should really go and have a look at it.
Krakow doesn't run to an opera house - the communist authorities built one everywhere else but Krakow, having been the intellectual and cultural centre for centuries, was given a stonking great steelworks for revenge.
There is this theatre, however, and inside it's even more magnificent than it is outside. Full of the glorious excesses of the Hapsburgs, it would be a fine setting for a great Viennese evening - Fledermaus perhaps. Not, alas, Carmen though. We walked out of the most *dreadful* performance of Carmen here!
Teatr Slowackiego (Slowacki Theatre)
This beautiful bulding combines many styles. International styles are intertwined with Polish motifs.
The interior is equally impressive. The theatre has a beautiful staircase. The auditorium itself has four balconies. I especially love the curtain. It is more like a huge painting. Henryk Siemiradzki painted this allegoric scene. The figures represent Tragedy, Dance, Comedy, Song etc.
Poles love theatre so be sure to attend one of the spectacles (at least for the atmosphere, understanding might be the biggest problem).
Opened in 1893, the beautiful and imposing building lies at the old town near the Barbikan.
I don´t know if it´s possible to visit it or if you have to watch a play or a performance to get in...
A place to see, at least from the outside...
To get inside (for a preformance that is) you'd have to be planning it for a long time- tickets /although expensive/ are most often sold out.
I did not enter this building, but paused to admire the architecture from the outside. Perhaps you will have a chance to attend a performance if you have time.