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For drama lovers, Wrocław offers a rich stage life. Teatr Polski - the Polish Theatre - on ul. Zapolskiej is the biggest in the city. The theatre's program presents various classical as well as experimental productions. It has two other locations in Wrocław: Na Świebodzkim - in the old railway station, with a very up-to-date stage hosting avant-garde spectacles - and Scena Kameralna (Small Theatre) for smaller spectacles.

Wrocławski Teatr Współczesny - The Modern Theatre of Wrocław, located in the city centre, plays mostly modern dramas performed on three stages - one big and two smaller ones (the one in the cellar creates a special atmosphere). The theatre has recently gained a very good reputation, particularly for actors and the repertoire of often controversial and unique dramas. Even the web site is worth seeing! There is quite a lot on offer for pan­tomime fans. Wrocław is very famous for experimental pantomime, thanks mostly to influential and creative artists of the past. One of them was Henryk Tomaszewski (1919-2001) the founder and director of the Wrocławski Teatr Pantomimy (Pantomime Theatre of Wrocław), which is still open and active.

The most well known theatrical institution in Wrocław is Institute of Jerzy Grotowski. Grotowski, who died recently in Italy, was a giant of the theatre. He was famous for his theatrical experiments within the Teatr Labolatorium - Laboratory The­atre, and was constantly looking for new artistic inspirations. The Institute houses the documentation of his work and is located at the original site of the Laboratory Theatre. It presents independent and experimental plays and organizes seminars for theatre buffs from all over the world.

For some time now, Wrocław's stage­ has been enriched by many smaller, independent theatres. The full list can be found easily on www.wroclaw.pl. We can recommend the Teatr Pieśń Kozła (Goat Song Theatre), the grow­ing theatre and cultural hub in the Old Brewery (Stary Browar) at Hubska Street 44-48 or a new project Teatr Sztuk (www.teatrsztuk.pl).

Wrocławski Teatr Lalek - the Pup­pet Theatre of Wrocław is loved mainly, but not only, by kids. Many international troupes come to play here every year, so the repertoire includes plays from dif­ferent cultures and eras.

And finally, something about music. Opera Dolnośląska (Lower Silesian Opera) presents various productions for classical music lovers. The director Ewa Michnik often stages spectacles in unusual surroundings, such as the Peoples' Hall ("Aida") or the Odra River ("Gioconda" was performed there, on a specially con­structed stage in 2003). The opera is based at the splendid Opera House on ul. Świdnicka, which has been recently opened after a long restoration. Not far from there, on ul. Piłsudskiego, there is another important place for classi­cal music: Filharmonia Państwowa im. Witolda Lutosławskiego (State Philharmonic). It's a must-see, like the Teatr Muzyczny (Capitol Musical Theatre) on the same street, which stages modern and classic musicals. The creative young directors and art­ists are full of energy and new ideas. They have found new inspiration not only to rebuild the theatre, but also to modernize the image of the Operetta.

THEATRES IN WROCŁAW

Teatr Polski
ul. Gabrieli Zapolskiej 3

http://www.teatrpolski.wroc.pl

 

Teatr Polski - Scena Kameralna
ul. Świdnicka 28

 

 

Teatr Polski - Scena "Na Świebodzkim"
pl. Orląt Lwowskich 20c

 

Wrocławski Teatr Współczesny im. Edmunda Wiercińskiego
ul. Rzeźnicza 12

http://www.teatrw.pl

Wrocławski Teatr Pantomimy
al. Dębowa 16

http://www.pantomima.wroc.pl

 

Teatr Ad Spectatores
ul. Powstaców Śląskich 82/58

http://www.adspectatores.art.pl

Pieśń Kozła - Stowarzyszenie Kultury Teatralnej
ul. Purkyniego 1

http://www.piesnkozla.art.pl

 

Wrocławski Teatr Lalek
pl. Teatralny 4

http://www.teatrlalek.wroclaw.pl

 

Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Rynek-Ratusz 27

http://www.grotowski-institute.art.pl

 

Teatr Muzyczny CAPITOL
ul. Marszałka Piłsudskiego 72

http://www.teatr-muzyczny.home.pl

Opera Dolnośląska
ul. Świdnicka 35

http://www.opera.wroc.pl

Filharmonia Wrocławska im. W. Lutosławskiego
ul. Piłsudskiego 19

http://www.filharmonia.wroclaw.pl