The National Old Theatre - The Young in the Old Online: «The Sorrows of Young Werther» after J.W. von Goethe, dir. Tomasz Fryzeł

A lesson in survival for Polish theatre

In Poland, the coronavirus pandemic acted like calling a bluff in poker, revealing the imperfections of the national theatre system, but also forcing artists to foster creativity and to seek new ways of approaching and engaging their audience.

Theatres in Poland closed their front doors to the public on 11th March – it was then, a week after the first coronavirus case was recorded in the country, that the decision to close cultural institutions, i.e. concert houses, operas, theatres, museums, cinemas as well as art schools and academies, was taken. However, this did not mean an immediate standstill of their entire activity.

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