Globe Theatre honours Polish playwright on 150th birth anniversary

Globe Theatre honours Polish playwright on 150th birth anniversary FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/PAP/EPA

A discussion regarding the significance of William Shakespeare for Stanislaw Wyspianski, a Polish playwright, poet, artist and theatre designer, and an English-language premiere of Wyspianski's play at the Globe Theatre marked the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The discussion, moderated by Patrick Spottiswoode of the Globe, was accompanied by extracts from The Hamlet Study (1904) read by Globe actors. It was followed by a premiere in English of Wyspianski's one-act play, The Death of Ophelia (1906), in the beautiful candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The event was organised as part of the Shakespeare and Poland Festival.

Earlier, the British audience had the opportunity to attend a discussion headlined Poland is Hamlet, and listen to a performative reading of Jan Kochanowski's tragedy titled Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys.

The two-week festival at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, devoted to the role played by Shakespeare in Polish culture, included premieres, live theatre, film, illustration, music and song.