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The Master and Margarita

8 December 2018
  Teatr Ludowy — Main Stage

Directed by:

Paweł Passini


Michaił Bułhakow


Teatr Ludowy


180 min.


Tickets available at the Ludowy Theatre

Which devil lured the transcriber of Mikael Bulgakov’s novel to attempt braving his cult text and understand its author and the world that his tale grew from? A world that was allegedly free from the “opium for the people” and yet… Was Devil in Bulgakov’s Moscow not truer to life than the one in contemporary Kraków? Was not Bulgakov’s lack of faith more metaphysical than the faith of today’s “faithful”?

The infernal procession of Woland and his retinue has arrived in the city. They want to eat into it, see how people live, what they believe and what they hold dear; which is better: miracles or apocalypse?

The Master from the title is a writer, and Margarita believes in his writing, and is ready to do anything to save it. Yet what is his novel? Its main protagonists are Yeshua and Pilate. And the devil observes, plots, and checks. What do you believe today? What do you believe you believe in today? And no devil either? What do those who believe in nothing live for? You think that the death of ancient religions will be the advent of atheism?

Bulgakov used to say he was a mystic. He was not keen on magic but mysticism. How to be a mystic in the world that does not believe? Precisely like this.

The transcriber has covered all the creative path with Master Bulgakov, but does he believe (and how) in the Creator today?


Based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita”

Translated by: Igor Przebinda, Leokadia Przebinda, Grzegorz Przebinda

Adaptation: Artur Pałyga

Director: Paweł Passini

Set Design: Mirek Kaczmarek

Music: Daniel Słomiński

Choreography: Franciszka Kierc-Franik

Prestidigitation: Roman Słomka

Lights Design: Katarzyna Łuszczyk

Multimedia, visualisations: Maria Porzyc, Agnieszka Wilczeniuk

Stage Manager: Anita Wilczak-Leszczyńska

Prompter: Martyna Rezner


Stanisław Berny (guest appearance), Weronika Kowalska, Jagoda Pietruszkówna, Anna Pijanowska, Iwona Sitkowska, Piotr Franasowicz, Andrzej Franczyk, Krzysztof Górecki, Paweł Janyst (guest appearance), Cezary Kołacz, Wojciech Lato, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Maciej Namysło, Jan Nosal, Piotr Piecha, Piotr Pilitowski, Ryszard Starosta, Jacek Wojciechowski, Roman Słomka (guest appearance), Franciszka Kierc-Franik (guest appearance)