The Baltic Coast and Pomerania Travel Guide

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Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre)

  • Bogusławskiego 1 Map It
  • Stare Miasto
  • Arts/Performance Venue
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Would you expect an authentic Elizabethan-style stage in Poland, at the Baltic coast, in Gdańsk? The story goes back as far as the year 1610, when a building known as the Fencing School appeared in the city. In addition to fencing classes, the School hosted regular theater performances, and even the first opera ever staged in Gdańsk. Similar in style to London's Fortune Theatre, it often hosted performances by visiting English theater troupes. More than 400 years later, the tradition has been revived in a beautiful building designed by Renato Rizzi of Venice. The architect says that there's no building like this one anywhere in the world. The architecture is very striking: on the outside, it matches the Gothic, darkened brick forms of its surroundings, so typical of Gdańsk. In contrast to the dark and serious exterior, the interior is bright and luminous, built in light-colored stone and fragrant birch wood, and white walls are finished with meticulous attention to detail. In warmer

months, the roof over the stage is open to the sky. The stage hosts performances of Shakespeare's plays, but not only that: it has a varied program of theater performances and concerts. You can also take a guided tour in English (tours are offered most days at 3 pm, but check the website for availability).

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Bogusławskiego 1, Gdansk, Pomerania, 80-818, Poland

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Published 07/06/2017


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