London's Shakespeare’s Globe has begun a multi-year collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute with two projects: the inauguration of the Year of Stanislaw Wyspiański and a Read Not Dead reading of 'Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys' by Jan Kochanowski.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Wyspiański's birth, London audiences will be presented some of the most important works by the Polish artist, whose work was often inspired by Shakespeare. Meanwhile, there is also the reading of Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys by Jan Kochanowski, the script of which will be given to the cast that morning in one of their Read Not Dead script-in-hand performances.
The events are part of the Shakespeare and Poland season at the Globe. The programme also includes Songs of Lear staged by the Song of the Goat Theatre. There will also be a performative reading of parts of Wyspiański's The Hamlet Study, and a conference called Poland is Hamlet.
The performative reading of Kochanowski's tragedy during the Shakespeare and Poland festival is also a part of The World Reads Kochanowski event which takes places on 30th June in 6 places – Warsaw, London, New York City, Los Angeles, Madrid and Athens. In each venue, an international collection of actors will perform their own interpretation of Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys. Not only will there be six live readings around the world, but all of them will be viewable online. The project, initiated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, is a collaboration with the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw and the Theatre Institute in Warsaw.
The project is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme marking the centenary of Poland’s regained independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual NIEPODLEGŁA programme 2017–2022.