Wyspiański: Hamlet Study and the Death of Ophelia

Part of Shakespeare and Poland festival


Thursday 4 July 2019, 7.00 pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

21 New Globe Walk


London SE1 9DT



A wreath, my wreath;
I picked it by myself and now I’m weaving it.
I’m waiting for you, I’m waiting for you,
My love

— The Death of Ophelia

We could easily retitle this book, Hamlet: A Director Prepares

— Tony Howard on The Hamlet Study


Join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Wyspianski, Polish playwright, poet, artist and theatre designer.

The evening consists of two linked events. The first is an introduction to the life and works of this extraordinary artist via a discussion between translators Barbara Bogoczek and Tony Howard and Dariusz Kocinski, chaired by Patrick Spottiswoode. This will be accompanied by extracts from The Hamlet Study (1904) read by Globe actors.

The second half of the evening is a semi-staged performance of Wyspianski’s one-act play, The Death of Ophelia (1905) in the beautiful candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Speakers include: Professor Tony Howard, Basia Howard, Patrick Spottiswoode and Dariusz Kosiński.

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