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The Birth of Friedrich Demuth

11 December 2015
  Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków - Small Stage

Directed by:

Maciej Wojtyszko


Maciej Wojtyszko


120 min.


Maciej Wojtyszko, the author of many acclaimed biographical plays about renowned artists, tackles a relatively unknown event from the lives of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The play, directed by Wojtyszko himself and produced by the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow, tells the story of Marx moving to London with his family, and how, with the help of Engels, he has to face the many challenges brought upon him by his new circumstances. A dark secret from the past is suddenly revealed and now “the fathers of communist thought” have to deal with it. Juggling the conventions of the comedy of manners with classic historical drama, Wojtyszko creates fascinating stage portraits of people who had a great impact on the political and social landscape of 19th and 20th century Europe. At the same time, with a strong sense of the mechanisms that shape history – juxtaposing a web of discourses and ideological constructs with everyday, mundane existence – the director properly contextualizes each scene.

The Birth of Friedrich Demuth is a kind of theatrical reconstruction of the past, built to tell a story of specific people in a specific historical context, but it also takes a closer look at the reality of an era that shaped influential ideas and currents of thought. Multi-dimensional and psychologically complex portraits of the characters, presented in Wojtyszko’s play, enable the audience to watch these great thinkers in intimate interactions with each other and the people they were close to.


Directed by Maciej Wojtyszko

Dramaturgy by Maciej Wojtyszko

Scenography by Justyna Łagowska

Costumes by Justyna Łagowska

Music by Boleslaw Rawski

Stage manager: Anna Wójcicka


Karolina Kamińska

Dominika Bednarczyk

Marcin Sianko

Grzegorz Mielczarek

Krzysztof Piątkowski

Noemi Chuchacz / Helena Ryszka

Aniela Bolek

Tomasz Trojak / Olivier Walas