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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 Wyspiański, 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 Kociński, chaired by Patrick Spottiswoode. This will be accompanied by extracts from The Hamlet Study (1905) read by Globe actors.

The second half of the evening will be a world premiere in English of Wyspiański’s one-act play, The Death of Ophelia (1906) in the beautiful candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Shakespeare and Poland Festival

A two-week celebration of Poland’s particular affinity and fascination with Shakespeare’s plays, that embraces live theatre, film, illustration, music and song.

Discover what’s on during the festival

Visit Polski Szekspir UW for a digital collection of all Polish Shakespeare translations.


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Part of the Shakespeare and Poland Festival 

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