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On 19th November 1765 His Royal Highness Stanislaw August Poniatowski's Operatic Players presented their first performance of Jozef Bielawski's comedy The Interlopers (Natreci) based on a play by Moliere. Since the Operatic Players were the first professional company to play in Polish, it has become a tradition to commemorate the date as that of the birth of Polish National Theatre.

In 1997 the National Theatre was reopened under the artistic directorship of Jerzy Grzegorzewski. Grzegorzewski formulated the program of the national stage as 'the domain of Wyspianski': We are constantly looking for ways of expressing his intentions in a modern stage arrangement, by a modern gesture, by the modern way of speaking on the stage (...) What I have in mind here is a manner that does not dismiss the whole experience of 20th century art, that does not reject the changes that have occurred as a result of the new experience in which the generations, living after Wyspianski, have taken part up to our time. Under the artistic directionship of Jerzy Grzegorzewski the National has regained its traditional position of the foremost Polish drama theatre. Following his resignation, in September 2003, Jan Englert was appointed as new Artistic Director of the National Theatre in Warsaw. Address: 3 Plac Teatralny (Square)

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