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The Trial

12 December 2017
13 December 2017
  Laznia Nowa Theatre — Main Stage

Directed by:

Krystian Lupa


Franz Kafka


420 min.



New play by Krystian Lupa, undoubtedly the biggest and most important theatrical event of the season, is a special part of the Divine Comedy Festival program. Before the November premiere of the piece, based on Franz Kafka’s canonical novel, the director stated:
Someone must have been spreading lies about Josef K, for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one morning.
This is the first sentence of the most mysterious and provocative story in world literature. The further we go into the relentless sentences, the darker it gets… We never get to know why the protagonist was arrested and what he is accused of… We never get to know if he is really innocent, either… He also doesn't know… He knows less and less, but he makes a desperate effort, in an uneven fight with the Unknown. But how to understand or accept the strategy of this struggle, when the confrontation of both sides undermines our sense of logic and reality?
The unfortunate reality of what happens does not allow us to stand outside, and brings to mind unsettlingly personal analogies… It is me, it is us – WE ARE ARRESTED… We are on a journey, an onerous flight into a dark ABSURDITY, an absurd dialogue with the man on the other side; one that is strangely close to the absurdities and dialogues in our current Polish reality…”.



Directed/Adapted/Set design/Ligthing design by Krystian Lupa
Translated by Jakub Ekier
Costumes by Piotr Skiba
Music by Bogumił Misala
Video by Bartosz Nalazek
Video Assistant: Natan Berkowicz
Dramaturgical Collaboration/Assistant Directors: Radosław Stępień, Konrad Hetel
Costumes Assistant: Aleksandra Harasimowicz
Producer: Anna Czerniawska
Coordination/Assistant Producer: Sylwia Merk
Technical coordination: Paweł Paciorek
Poster photography by Natalia Kabanow
Rehearsal photography by Magda Hueckel

Main production: Nowy Teatr
Production: Studio teatrgaleria; Teatr Powszechny; TR Warszawa; Le Quai Centre Dramatique National Angers Pays de la Loire
Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles; Printemps des Comédiens, Montpellier; Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris; La Filature, Scène nationale – Mulhouse; Théâtre du Nord, Lille; HELLERAU - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden; Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

Partner: Polski Teatr w Podziemiu




Bożena Baranowska, Bartosz Bielenia, Małgorzata Gorol, Anna Ilczuk, Mikołaj Jodliński, Andrzej Kłak, Dariusz Maj, Michał Opaliński, Marcin Pempuś, Halina Rasiakówna, Piotr Skiba, Ewa Skibińska, Adam Szczyszczaj, Andrzej Szeremeta, Wojciech Ziemiański, Marta Zięba, Ewelina Żak