After the renovation, The Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków, southern Poland, will be one of the most modern stages in Poland.
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The theatre is housed in the 125-year-old building. The first phase of the modernisation ended this year.
“The majority of stage-technical solutions come from the beginning of this theatre. We are proud of one of the oldest, still functioning set-changing machinery in the world, which is a masterpiece of theatre engineering,” Krzysztof Głuchowski, the head director of the theatre said.
He added that modern staging, requirements of directors and expectations of audiences far exceed the current capabilities of The Juliusz Słowacki theatre.
“Thanks to the support from the EU funds, the modernisation of technique, lighting, the acoustics were possible, as well as a purchase of multimedia and changes in the auditorium,” Mr Głuchowski added.
The total value of the equipment purchased amounted to PLN 8.7 mln (EUR 2.03 mln).
The second phase of modernisation, scheduled for 2019, includes further modernisation of the auditorium, including replacement of the floor, chairs and armchairs in the lodges.
“I hope that within a year you will be able to see an entirely different theatre, and its interior would be more like the one seen by the denizens of Cracow 125 years ago,” the director said.
The Juliusz Słowacki theatre was built in 1893. After the opening, it was called The Municipal Theatre and was named after the famous Polish poet in 1909. Its premises was an exquisite example of the Polish Eclectic architecture, and it was the first building in Kraków designed for and equipped with electric light.