Odyssey. A story for Hollywood

May 12th to 21st, 2022 

directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski

based on "Odyssey" by Homère,

"The King of Hearts" and "Memory Returns" by Hanna Krall

duration 3h45 including an intermission

show in Polish with French and English surtitles

tuesday to saturday at 7:30 p.m.  • duration 3h45 including a break

Grand Théâtre

And through all the nights to come, between our embraces, between lovers' calls,
I will tell you the human adventure, the story that never ends.

Krzysztof Warlikowski,

Odyssey. A story for Hollywood. 



Facing the ultra-conservative policy of the Polish government in place, Krzysztof Warlikowski seeks to resist amnesia intended to distort History, by comparing the odyssey of Ulysses and the modern one of Izolda. This woman provoked her own deportation to find her husband. Years later, she tells her story to the famous novelist Hanna Krall. This is a show about the atrocity of war, the immensity of hope, the immortality of narratives, with a brutal and immersive staging, in which poetry nevertheless manages to exist.


artistic team

director Krzysztof Warlikowski
based on The Odyssey by Homère  
King of Hearts and Memory Returns d’Hanna Krall
text Krzysztof Warlikowski, Piotr Gruszczynski
co-autor Adam Radecki
collaboration Szczepan Orłowski, Jacek Poniedziałek

with Mariusz Bonaszewski, Stanisław Brudny, Andrzej Chyra, Magdalena Cielecka, Ewa Dalkowska, Bartosz Gelner, Malgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak, Wojciech Kalarus, Marek Kalita, Hiroaki Murakami, Maja Ostaszewska, Jasmina Polak,  
Jacek Poniedzialek, Magdalena Popławska, Pawel Tomaszewski et Claude Bardouil

image Maja Komorowska et Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda

artistic collaboration Claude Bardouil
scenography Malgorzata Szczesniak
dramaturgy Piotr Gruszczynski
collaboration with Anna Lewandowska
music Pawel Mykietyn
lights Felice Ross
video and animation Kamil Polak
director assistant Jeremi Pedowicz
film director Paweł Edelman 
makeup and hair Monika Kaleta
french translation Margot Carlier
english translation Artur Zapałowski
surtitles Zofia Szymanowska


Nowy Teatr – Varsovie
coproduction La Colline – théâtre national, Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Printemps des Comédiens, Athens Epidaurus Festival, Schauspiel de Stuttgart
with the support of the Europe créative programe.

The show was created on June the 4th at the Nowt Teatr, Varsovie.

on the road

March 17th et 18th, 2022 à la Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – Scène nationale
April 7th and 8th, 2022, Schauspiel Stuttgart



© Magda Hueckel
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